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Transcendentalism In The Scarlet Letter By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is a renown figure that is known for his involvement in transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is an intellectual movement that focused on the individual as well as nature. This movement arose in the 1800s as a rebuttal to intellectualism and was highly influenced by romanticism. Emerson has composed many essays on the idea of transcendentalism. In one of his essay, which he has titled Nature, Emerson states that in order “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chambers as from society.”. By using this aphorism, Emerson is trying to convey that for one to truly be in solitude, one must do more than just seclude oneself from society—one should go into nature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter supports Emerson’s claim through the development of his characters. After Hester is released from prison, she resides in a house secluded from the rest of the town. However, even though her house is technically in solitude, she does not reveal her "true self" until she is in nature. Even though Hester's house is away from society, she never lets her grief and guilt overcome her. She still bottles it in. In Chapter 16, Hester and Pearl take a walk in nature. And during their walk, they encounter Dimmesdale who asks Hester if she has found peace. Though Hester never appears to be in despair and always holds her head up high when she is in the public eye, Hester responds by looking drearily down at her bosom. By performing this action,
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