Reflection Of The Soul Essay

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It is said that a person’s personality shows in their outer appearance. A large amount of classic literature uses a character’s outer appearance to hint of a character’s inner state or environment. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a character’s outer appearance is used to reflect their inner personality or turmoil or a character’s influence in the novel, giving the reader an in depth look into a character’s soul. Fahrenheit 451 uses Clarisse, Mildred, and Faber’s appearance to help reflect their personalities and reinforce their influence in the novel.
Clarisse McClellan is Montag’s teenage neighbor who is ...view middle of the document...

Mrs. Montag is described as “white bacon” and has cataracts that are unseen right now but are forming. The unseen cataracts are emphasizing her age to show that she is not wise like most older people. Mildred is unhappy and barely holding herself together, just like her aging, horrid description.
Faber is a wise old man aware of the need for books in society. He is compared to the white walls on his house. White is a symbol of old age, purity, and innocence. He is described as delicate and in a way, Faber is delicate due to old age, the guilt of not standing up for what he believed in books and the regret he has carried his entire life.
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s former husband, Chillingworth, is a diabolical and revengeful man. He is described as being the devil by Hester. Throughout the novel, Chillingworth’s appearance transforms and becomes more like the devil. Chillingworth had a deformity and was described as being ugly. His appearance changes and becomes more like his evil personality as the book progresses.

William Golding focused on the change of children into wild savages. Jack Merridew has a major mirrored appearance of his true inner personality. He has bright red hair and his entrance in the novel is running on the beach in all black robes with an army of choir boys marching behind him. Both colors black and red can be seen as evil and...

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