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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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1. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a romantic novel that takes place in sixteenth century Boston, Massachusetts.
2. As a romantic novel, it focuses on the various relationships between the characters and the drastic experiences caused by the scarlet letter between the four main characters being Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingsworth, and Pearl Prynne, with the condemnation of the Puritan society
3. The unknown narrator follows the novel’s main antagonist Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale through their journey of their connected sin as they strive for truth and redemption from the very close-minded Puritan Society ii. 1. The characters of Hester Prynne and Dimmesdale’s psych has changed
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These series of quotes show the narrator’s direct characterization of Prynne as these characteristics are what Prynne is initially in front of society; she is angelic.
b. Its shows how she is now enclosing herself from society in a sphere of loneliness and grey, losing her individuality
c. She goes from being beautiful and lady-like to a sight to the society as an abomination and to be ostracized by the Puritan society for her sin ii. In the middle of the novel Prynne now begins to slowly accept her sin and becomes involved in the society using her hands to her advantage in order to escape the cruelty of the Puritan and instead become a part of it.
2. “She possessed an art that sufficed,…almost the only one within a woman’s grasp- of needle-work…there might be an infrequent call for the finer productions of her handiwork…Hester really filled a gap…”(68)
a. She now has a place in the community, though it may not be a well-respected position in society she still finds the positive of it.
b. Prynne has found something to distract her from the scarlet letter and has now became known for something else rather than the infamy gained by the scarlet letter. iii. Now that Prynne has found her retribution she has no shame in being attached to the scarlet “A” as it is now and forever will be a part of her; she sees no use
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