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Scarlet Letter Thesis

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Kristin Guzicki Mr.VanGoey Ame. /Brit. Lit. 4 Febuary 2016 Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author who used his writings to express his dark, gloomy outlook on life (the scarlet letter). When he wrote, he focused on the limitations and potential destructiveness of the human spirit, rather than on its possibilities (the scarlet letter). He used his outlook on life to write his most popular novel, The Scarlet Letter. In this book he wanted to show that the Puritans were not a peaceful group like people assumed (the scarlet letter). Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in the late 1840s to depict what was happening in his life and to satisfy his need for money (the scarlet letter); as a result most literary critics praised…show more content…
The Scarlet Letter was first published in the spring of 1850 by Ticknor and Fields, beginning Hawthorne’s most lucrative period. When he delivered the final pages to Fields in February 1850, Hawthorne said that “some portions of the book are powerfully written” but doubted it would be popular (The_ Scarlet_ Letter). Hawthorne had never made much money as an author and the birth of his first daughter added to the financial burden. He received a job at the Salem Custom House only to lose it three years later and be forced to write again to support his family. Despite the desire of the reading public in1850 for a balance of humor and pathos in the new works, the publisher of his book was enthusiastic over what Hawthorne thought to be a defect (Hawthorne 188). The publisher said his book stressed on the dark and somber side of human affairs (Hawthorne p188). Consequently, the Scarlet Letter was published a year…show more content…
As a result of this novel most literary critics praised it while, religious leaders were critical of it (The_Scarlet_Letter). When his book was first published it was well received, but he did not get enough benefit from it financially (Hawthorne p187). To Hawthorne writing was the only way he could support his family he would change how he wanted his novel to be so he could receive more money for his family. He writes this book in a Romanic way because he wanted you to actually use imagery to see Hester standing on the scaffold, or for you to picture the letter “A” on Hester’s chest. The letter “A” appears four other times the first one is the one on Hester which symbolizes her sin. Secondly one on Arthur to symbolize his hidden sin, another one is pearls seaweed A to symbolize what she knows about the Puritans. Finally the Ain the sky to symbolize that we are all sinners. At the end of the book Hawthorne wrote a motto the grave of Arthur and Hester on at the end saying “ON A FIELD, STABLE.THE LETTER “A”, GULES” (Hawthorne 180) he writes this motto to show that the Puritans forgave them but never forgot
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