The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Redeemed to Redeem
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer in the 1800’s whose style of writing was dark romanticism. His family was involved in the Salem witch trials so he changed his last name from Hathorne. The Scarlet Letter (1850) is a book about a woman in a Puritan society named Hester Prynne who committed adultery while her older husband was away and is forced to wear the Scarlett letter on her chest. Redemption is a constant theme throughout the book with his main characters Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl.
Hawthorne uses Hester as an expression of rebellion of Puritan ways by how she is forced to wear the letter on her chest which gives her the feeling of redemption although it doesn’t spiritually redeem her. Hester felt like she was alone in the book because the letter “Had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.” (Hawthorne 37). The letter made her feel alone so by the end of the book she felt like she served her time and when the letter went from meaning “Adulterer” to “Able” and she felt redeemed for it although she wasn’t actually redeemed spiritually. Hester wore the letter on her bosom however “The scarlet letter had not done its office” (114) because it didn’t actually redeem her it just made her feel better about what she had done. In her eyes she didn’t feel like she had done anything wrong although the definition of redeem is compensation for the faults of something or someone. She
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