Transcendentalism In Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was an Anti-Transcendentalist, which means that he thought the world and the people in it were evil. He also believed that society is good and we need it to survive. His distant uncle was John Hathorne, who was a judge during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about Puritan societies, such as the one that his very distant uncle was a part of. The Scarlet Letter takes place in a 1600s Puritan society in the New England Colonies. In his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the Scarlet Letter, Pearl and Burrs to contribute to the overall theme of secret sin. To begin, Hawthorne uses Hester’s Scarlet Letter to contribute to the theme of secret sin. Hester is the protagonist of the story and is forced to wear the Scarlet Letter “A” on her chest. It shows that she has committed the sin of adultery. Hawthorne narrates, “It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself” (Hawthorne 52). This quote shows that while the townspeople were watching Hester leave the prison and approach the scaffold, they were scared of her because of the Scarlet Letter. They would not associate with her because her Scarlet Letter represented the sin that she committed and now she was alone. Pearl is what Hester named her daughter who was conceived when she committed adultery and Hester will not tell anyone who the father is. As the story continues, Hester
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