Diction, Imagery, And Tone In The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the opening sections of his book, The Scarlet Letter, with a distinct purpose in his mind.Hawthorne aim to to expose the reader to key concepts that would assist in their further understanding of the remaining chapters .To do so Hawthorn developed the a complex mood within the setting and characterizing Hester and displaying her complex mentality in trying to overcome sin. By utilizing diction, imagery, and tone Hawthorne was able to expose the reader into the world of The Scarlet Letter.
Within first pages of the book Hawthorn encapsulated the Puritan community’s dreary setting. The scenery opens up with, “A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats intermixed with women, some
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Thou art no Pearl of mine! Said the mother half playfully; for it was often the case that a sportive impulse came over her, in the midst of her deepest suffering, Tell me, then, what thou art, and who sent you here?” Hester's candid and slightly callous tone shows her characters overwhelming and doubting feelings towards Pearl. Having this tone enables the reader to comprehend the troubles Hester is going through. Those troubles being, raising an elvish-child alone and in exile while dealing with the multitudes of her sin. Using imagery and tone Hawthorne was successful in developing (in particular) the characterization of Hester and showing how her intuitive mind attempts to overcome sin.
Purpose is something every writer must think about in their work. With purpose a book becomes meaningful. Obviously Hawthorne has thought through his purpose of the expose of The Scarlet Letter. In enforcing onto the reader through dark diction, candid and callous tones, and descriptive imagery Hawthorne has established a complex mood within the setting and Hester's characterization which were his purposes he conveyed in the first
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