Anti Transendental Beliefs Proved Through Descriptions Of Hester Prynne And Other Characters

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Anti-transcendentalism is described as the belief that all humans are doomed to fall. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a very strong believer of this philosophy. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, his philosophy of anti-transcendentalism is demonstrated through his descriptions of Hester Prynne and the characters that are influenced by her. Hester is young and tall "with a figure of perfect elegance on a large scale. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to marked brow and deep black eyes,"(Hawthorne, 50). Hawthorne makes her beautiful and elegant, which makes her irresistible both to her husband, Roger Prynne, and to the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale. According to Hawthorne's philosophy, her beauty is the down fall of Mr. Prynne and Mr. Dimmesdale. Her beauty makes her irresistible, which causes these men to sin. Mr. Roger Chillingworth, previously mentioned as Mr. Roger Prynne, is bent on revenge. Ever since he find out his wife has been engaged in an affair, he is cynical; he is certain he should know who has brought him shame. He changes his name and for years is quiet about Hester and his relationship. He is "thoughful for others, craving little for himself"”kind, true, just and of constant if not warm affections,"(Hawthorne, 158). His whole nature changes. He becomes sinful in his actions. He loses his religion and all that is good about him, but he is doomed because of his love for Hester and for his pride. Reverend Mr....

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