The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a well known novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The novel is composed and written in Salem and Concord, as well as Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1840's. The narrator of the novel is in an omniscent state, meaning he knows more about the characters than the characters know about themselves. Although the narrartor is omniscent, he also makes sure to include his ideas and opinions on situations, making him also greatly subjective. Being subjective, as well as omniscent, historical fiction along with a story displaying constant symbolism is evident. The novel begins with a sort of preamble if you will describing how The Scarlet Letter came to be. Immediately, the narrator is introduced as the surveyor of the customhouse in Salem, Massachusetts. The novel goes along describing the discovery made in the customhouses attic. The nararator finds numerous documents that he sensed obtained some sort of importance, as well as a manuscript. The most signifigant part of the scene is the documents were tied together with a scarlet, and gold patch that formed the letter "A." Naturally, the narrator's curiosity gets the best of him, and he decides to investigate on his findings. The findings were the works of a past surveyor, just like himself. One thing differed. The manuscript had events that had happened as far as two hundred years in the past! The Scarlet Letter is composed by the narrator's decision to
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