Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Abby Yates
AP Language and Composition
19 October 2014 The Harry Potter series is arguably the most well known sequence of books and movies of all time. Harry, a heroic wizard, is portrayed as a Christ figure throughout the series, assisting friends, family, and strangers before himself. He is also marked by the wound of another with a scar, and that disfigurement defines him as a person to those who may be unfamiliar to him. He possesses some of the qualities of another fictional character, written about over two centuries before him. Hester Prynne is marked by her scarlet letter, giving people a preconceived notion about who she is, similar to Harry’s iconic scar. She also puts others before herself, including those who had betrayed her trust (Dimmesdale), similar to Harry saving his enemy Draco from being engulfed in flame in the seventh installment of the series. These acts of selflessness shown by these characters resemble the actions of Christ, and allude back to the Bible. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne alludes to Christianity and the Bible to expose the Puritan’s rigid dogmatism that fails to appreciate his endorsement of love, tolerance, and mercy prevalent throughout the novel. Hawthorne uses images of Biblical figures throughout the story to expose the harshness of Puritan judgment and ironically highlight the sinner. The opening chapter of the novel describes the prison in which Hester and her daughter Pearl are detained. On one side of
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