Hololiterature, A Holographic Interpretation Of The "Scarlet Letter", By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Comprehension of anything requires a framework already in place in order to place it in out sphere of reference. Especially those that are 'fuzzy' or difficult to nail down. The brain and the atom are not fully understood, but by comparing functions, structures, and similar operations to known items or concepts one can obtain a hold on the unknown and even extrapolate unknown processes from known ones. (For example, the brain is similar to a computer. They both have memory, input/output, and similar structures-transistors to synapses.) This technique works with literature and a deeper understanding a grasp of a book's meaning becomes possible.The Scarlet Letter can be viewed through an understanding of the operation and production of holograms. First, an understanding of the holographic process is needed before any comparisons are possible.First and foremost a hologram requires a source of coherent wave-like energy. The second is a recording medium of extremely high resolution to record the microscopic interference patterns of light. The third major requirement is utter stability and freedom from vibrations. As for producing an actual hologram, here is described a two-beam transmission holograph. (So named because viewing it requires shining the same coherent light back through it) The laser is placed on a platform in the sand and a mirror directs the light diagonally across the table. A beamsplitter divides the beam into two parts. One goes to a mirror that directs the light through a spreading lens onto the photographic plate at an angle. The other beam is bounced off a mirror and through a spreading lens onto the object to be holographed. The table is allowed to settle and an exposure made. The light from the first beam, called the reference beam, and the reflected light from the object combine to produce microscopic interference patterns through constructive and destructive interference. Since light is a wave, when two coherent beams intersect depending on their phase they either add or subtract strengths forming areas of lightness and darkness that are captured by the photographic plate. After development the hologram is viewed with light from the same laser at the same angle as when it was exposed and Presto!You have read a rudimentary description of a hologram's function but how could a book compare.....? By drawing parallels between components of the story and those of holography and seeing how they correlate.Major components of each system should relate; starting with the most impotant component of holography, a coherent wave-like energy source. Do humans see an object? Or do they mrely record the photons reflecting off it. Of course they see the effects of light, not the object or light itself but its effects. Just as humans cannot see light, in the imaginary 'holographic' Scarlet Letter 'life' cannot be seen, only its effects. So life, however defined, is the energy source to sustain that imaginiary world. The second major component is...

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