Scarlet Letter Journal Entries Essay

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The Scarlet Letter: Chp. 12-15 Journal Entry 1. Transcendentalism appears in chapter 12 with the presence of the meteor that lights up the night sky. The Puritans interpret this type of phenomenon as “revelations from a supernatural source” (pg. 151), showing an effort to assign meaning to nature. Also, the “witchcraft in little Pearl’s eyes” as well as her “naughty smile” (pg. 151) demonstrate nonconformity to Puritan society, as witchcraft was seen as one of the darkest evils. In chapter 13, Hester shows free will in her actions to help the rest of society: “None so ready as she to give of her little substance to every demand of poverty” (pg. 157). Regardless of her sinful position in society, she displays a conscious benevolence towards the rest of the town. Further evidence of free…show more content…
161). With her banishment from society, Hester has developed her own sense of judgment that couldn’t have come without her sin. In the beginning of chapter 14, Pearl’s playfulness at the beach, shown when “the child flew away like a bird, and, making bare of her small white feet, went pattering along the moist margin of the sea” (pg. 164). It displays an element of curiosity and free thought in Pearl that sharply contrasts with the rest of the Puritan children. Hester’s adamancy to reveal Rev. Dimmesdale’s secret during her conversation with Roger Chillingworth demonstrates a newly found confidence, another aspect of transcendentalism. She declares, “I must reveal the secret” (pg. 169) and proceeds to argue with Chillingworth. This theme continues after she finishes talking with him in chapter 15, when she states, “Be it sin or no…I hate the man!” (pg. 172). Again, this represents free thought and a growing confidence in Hester. Lastly, Pearl displays nonconformity with her unruly actions at the shore, when “the naughty child picked up her apron full of pebble, and, creeping from rock to rock after these small
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