Depression And Depression In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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It will take over every thought, control one’s very being until they truly believe they are hopeless, broken, and undeserving of even the most basic comforts. It will drain the very soul until there is no spirit left in a person. Everyone will experience it at least once in their lifetime, whether it’s from a close family death or a disfiguration of the mind. It does not discriminate race, gender, religion or profession; it is depression. The symptoms of depression often seen in people are self harm, feelings of guilt, worsening health, unshakeable sadness, interrupted sleep patterns, distancing one’s self from everything, and a lack a hope. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne can be read as a psychological novel in which the characters, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, have different experiences with depression. First of all, the way depression affects an individual from The Scarlet Letter is through the events of self harm. Depression is often a leading cause of self harm. Studies in depression have shown several cases of self harm, most often caused by the fact that people either enjoy the pain, feel as though they deserve to undergo it, or they feel as though it is the only way they can control the pain in their lives. These feelings translate directly into The Scarlet Letter through Dimmesdale. After committing adultery with Hester, he feels as though his previous actions have taken away all personal value he holds. His beliefs at the time are that he must
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