Theme Of Romanticism In The Scarlet Letter

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Romanticism is a literary style of the early 18th century that, "praised imagination over reason, emotions over logic, and intuition over science-making way for a vast body of literature of great sensibility and passion" (The Romantic Era). Nathaniel Hawthorne strengthens the mood, plot, and character development in The Scarlet Letter through his use of Romanticism. The Romantic topics he uses include, but are not limited to, the use of nature as a symbol, use of rebellion, and the use of the supernatural. Through the Romantic use of nature, Nathaniel Hawthorne multiplies the significance of the theme in The Scarlet Letter. The symbolic use of nature influences the reader's interpretation of the scene and it's meaning, contributing to the overall mood. In the beginning of the novelty narrator describes the hopeless seen of the prison in which Hester Prynne occupies, “the wooden jail was already marked with weather-stains and other indications of age, which gave a yet darker aspect to its beetle-browed and gloomy front”(Hawthorne 41). Hawthorne's initial description of the scene gives the reader a sense of hopelessness and bleakness. With his addition of, “But on one side of the portal... was a wild rose-bush... which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him"(Hawthorne 41). The newfound light
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