Scarlette Letter

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Hattie Smith Mrs. Danielles A.P Literature and Composition 16 September 2011 The Scarlet Letter : A story in Romantics The Romantic movement in America began in the mid-nineteenth century, celebrating the ideas of individualism, intuition, and creativity. Several reoccurring themes were adopted in most writings including: an emphasis on women and children, the satisfaction of desire, the focus on those outcasted from society, drawing upon natural and wild characteristics, and the use of symbolism. Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of the most highly regarded American writers of this period, not only incorporated these themes into his writings beautifully, but also plunged deeply into human psychological patterns. One of Hawthorne’s most famous novels, The Scarlet Letter, exemplifying these characteristics, creates the perfect representation of an American Romantic work. The Scarlet Letter makes an in depth analysis of human morality and it’s struggle with passion and guilt. In the story, Hester Prynne, an assumed widow, has an affair with a young pastor in a small Puritan town, resulting with her giving birth to her daughter, Pearl, and Hester being forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” standing for adulterer. An emphasis on women and children is most certainly made when realizing the two main characters to be a mother and child. Throughout their lives these heroines are ostracized within their community, being burdened with judgmental stares and lashed with insults during their walks through town. Even as time goes on and Hester creates a new reputation for herself centering her life around charitable work, the poor who are fed by her are still nasty and critical and the women in town still bitter and smug. When first released from the jail with newborn Pearl, Hester chooses to live in a cottage on the edge of the town, isolated near the forest. This

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