The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In the classic novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arthur Dimmesdale conceals an abominable truth. Avoiding subjugation to the conservative Puritan's Society rule, the reverend feigned obliviousness all the while Hester, the person he committed adultery with, fearlessly bared her shame upon her bosom. The society held Dimmesdale to a higher standard; as a result, their influences hindered his ability to take responsibility for his actions. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne manipulates complementary diction, parallel juxtapositions, guilt-ridden indirect characterizations, and enlightening dialogues to interpret how the society symbolized the prison bars cemented by incarceration, cannot bring to naught the natural order of humanity.

Character is the light and reputation is the darkness. Without light, you are blind. In the beginning, this theme accentuate the value of reputation in contrast to ones character by complimentary diction. Amidst the members of the Puritan Society, a righteous reputation inhabits Reverend Dimmesdale's image as the epitome of the "Perfect Puritan". Savory phrases such as, "his eloquence and religious fervor" (46), embodies Dimmesdale reputable atmosphere through the eyes of his fellow puritans. Dimmesdale's, "eloquence" and "religious fervor" (46) suggests his visible passion for religious matters. Hence the Puritan's respect for him was only plausible by virtue of his…
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