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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An allegorical tale of passion, adultery, guilt, and social repression, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter introduces readers to Hester Prynne, America's first fictional heroine. Hawthorne's story is a masterpiece of American fiction, and this updated volume from the Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations series explores how the author powerfully conveys its theme o An allegorical tale of passion, adultery, guilt, and social repression, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter introduces readers to Hester Prynne, America's first fictional heroine.
Hawthorne's story is a masterpiece of American fiction, and this updated volume from the Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations series explores how the author powerfully conveys its theme of the puritanical influence on societal attitudes.
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To view it, click here. The Scarlet Letter, in keeping with transcendentalism, endorses intuition as a form of reason. Pearl, the child of the woods and of freedom, has the ability to use intuition in order to judge who is good and who is bad. Roger Chillingworth is another character who displays intuitive knowledge, as when he comes to realize that Reverend Dimmesdale is Pearl's father. Further, it appears that Chillingworth is aware, at the end of the novel, of Hester's plans to leave on a ship with Dimmesdale, and directly moves to counteract the plans of the two lovers.
Chillingworth displays a constant intuitive ability to create evil and manipulate the people about him. The Scarlet Letter remains a deeply romantic, transcendental novel. It sympathizes greatly with the main character, who symbolizes many great qualities of the individual human being including free will, self-determination, self-reliance, great love, generosity and charity. Although the towns people believe they have the moral high ground, it is obvious that Hawthorn uses his rebellious character Hester to critique their cold and hypocritical lives, lives which are fostered by groupthink, hatred and intolerance, all of which serves to make their religious lives appear shallow and philosophically backward.
Hawthorn uses his transcendental conception of morality, free will and religion to dissect and repudiate the Puritan world-view, a world-view which does violence to the innocent, beautiful and strong.
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Apr 21, Alli rated it it was ok. The language is difficult and it must be a book you really WANT to read. I switched to Austen instead. I did read it in school, but wanted to refresh my memory.