But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman.
June 20 — July 2, Introduction One objective of the study of literature is to provide students with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the experiences of others and to make intelligent decisions concerning the positive values and attitudes they can adopt and the negative ones they should avoid.
The Christian teacher of literature has a responsibility to mold the characters of the students in the class in preparation for life here on earth, and more importantly, for the world to come.
Accordingly, the teacher should use every opportunity to emphasize moral and ethical values in stories, poems, novels and other kinds of literary works. When students are led to discover values, or gain insight into human nature and suffering and man's search for truth, they will be empowered to develop a value system based on sound Christian principles.
When we speak of "ethical" and "moral" values, what do we mean? Arthur Holmes explains that "ethics is about the good that is, what values and virtues we should cultivate and about the right that is, what our moral duties may be Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions And Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines ethics as "the system or theory of moral values," and moral as "of or relating to principles of right and wrong.
A study of ethical and moral issues in any literary work should consider the biblical basis of thought and conduct. Holmes notes the following concerning the biblical foundation for ethics: Because the Christian teacher acknowledges the Bible as the guidebook for behavior, she will want to present and discuss moral values against that background.
The purpose of this essay is to examine the ethical and moral issues involving the major characters in The Scarlet Letter and to consider the effect of their actions on themselves and on their relationship with others. Anthony Trollope's telling summary will serve to introduce the reader to the plot of the narrative.
A woman [Hester Prynne] has been taken in adultery. She was beautiful and young, and had been married to an old husband who had wandered away from her for a time. Then she has sinned, and the partner of her sin, though not of her punishment, is [Arthur Dimmesdale] the young minister of the church to which she is attached.
It is her doom to wear the Scarlet Letter, the A, always worked on her dress, --always there on her bosom, to be seen of all men. The first hour of her punishment has to be endured, in the middle of town, on the public scaffold, under the gaze of all men. As she stands there, her husband [Rodger Chillingworth] comes by chance into the town and sees her and she sees him, and they know each other.
But no one else in Boston knows that they are man and wife. Then they meet, and she refuses to tell him who has been her fellow sinner.
She makes no excuse for herself. She will bear her doom and acknowledge its justice, but to no one will she tell the name of him who is the father the baby [Pearl]. For her disgrace has borne its fruit, and she has a child. The injured husband is at once aware that he need deal no further with the woman who has been false to him.
Her punishment is sure. But it is necessary for his revenge that the man too shall be punished, -- and to punish him he must know him. Then he goes to work to find him out, and he finds him out. Then he does punish him with a vengeance and brings him to death, -- does it by the old man finds out and declares his intention to accompany them in their flight.
The minister dies after he confesses, and the woman is left to her solitude. The largeness of its theme, the imaginative genius of the author, the symmetrical design, the ordering of plot, the allegorical significance and richness of symbolism, all contribute to the effectiveness of the work.
The novel is rich in the use of symbols, some of which appear in the first chapter and abound throughout the entire work. While some are obvious and easy to identify others are more impressive and involved as Hawthorne makes them take on various meanings as the work progresses.
One such symbol is the letter A that is literal symbol adultery, and takes on a number of forms, but becomes a positive symbol before the novel ends. Hawthorne uses images in a very deliberate and artistic manner.
Waggoner observes that some of these are "explicitly symbolic, others seem obscurely to be so, while still others resist every effort at translation into abstract terms. Metaphors and similes also abound and most of them are "fresh and effective.
One other literary device Hawthorne uses is called the "multiple choice" technique. Terry Dibble explains that with this Hawthorne "casts doubt on his own story and suggests that an incident may have happened in quite a different way if at all.
An appreciation of the literary value of the work can deepen the reader's understanding of the message. In The Scarlet Letter, as in some of his other stories, Hawthorne seems obsessed with the effect of sin on the sinners themselves.Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter, his famous tale of adultery and alienation, in The novel has become a popular (and sometimes controversial) focus of literary study in American literature.
The Scarlet Letter, published in , is set in Puritan New England in the 17th century. Exploring the issues of grace, legalism, and guilt, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman who commits adultry then struggles to create a new life.
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Full of guilt Dimmesdale ventures out one night to the town square. He climbs up on the scaffold where Hester stood and admits his guilt to himself.
Hester and Pearl pass by . Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Learn about the different symbols such as The Prison Door in The Scarlet Letter and how they contribute to the plot of the book. The Scarlet Letter LIT Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a true American novel that dove into the complexities of Puritan and early American society; it was called The Scarlet Letter.
In this novel it discussed the hard times of Hester Prynne, the main character as well as her secret lover Reverend Dimmesdale.