Scarlet Letter (Chapters One Through Six)By Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it waspublished in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is recognize by many 'critics as being one ofthe greatest of American novels.'1 Hawthorn created his own individual style of'romance,' a style of writing. His own individual style of writing is now called'Hawthorn's Theory of Romance'. His 'theory of Romance' is emphasized in TheScarlet Letter in many different ways. The techniques Hawthorn used in TheScarlet Letter are basically from his 'theory of Romance.' Hawthorn uses his'theory of Romance' in many different ways in The Scarlet Letter.Hawthorn being a Romantic writer incorporates many characteristics ofRomanticism and also includes his 'theory of Romance' in the novel. Someromanticism ideas he incorporates are those of heroic characters which wouldinclude Hester Prynne 'It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinaryrelations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself.'2 A heroiccharacter is 'bigger than those found in ordinary life' and also is strong, brave,noble, risky and powerful. Another characteristic he includes is the writing ofmysterious events such as the adultery of Hester, the birth of Pearl and the returnof her husband Roger Chllingworth.The uses of the 'theory of Romance' by Hawthorn follows an order. Theorder is initiated by Hawthorn looking for to write on a serious topic. The topic isthe adultery of Hester, Pearls birth, the revenge by Chillingworth and thehypocrisy of Dimmesdale. Then he chooses the setting of his characters 'On theoutskirst of town, within the verge of the peninsula, but not in close vicinity to anyother habitation, there was a small thatched cottage.'3 The small cottage isHester's home which is isolated from society. This is a characteristic of a heroiccharacter which is Hester.His next step is to choose characters who have lived in real life and toassociate them with fictitious characters. The fictitious characters being HesterPrynne, Roger Chllingworth, Reverend Dimmesdale and Pearl. The real lifecharacter being Governor Bellingham. 'Here, to witness the scene which we aredescribing, sat Governor Bellingham himself, with four seargents about hischair.'4 Richard Bellingham was Governor of the Massachusetts Colony in1641,1654,1665-1672. Another real life character was that of Reverend JohnWilson. 'The voice which had called her attention was that of the reverend andfamous John Wilson, the eldest clergyman of Boston.'5 John Wilson was one ofthe first settlers in 1630 and became a leading Puritan minister. Hester,Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, Pearl, Reverend Wilson, and Governor Wilson allassociate with one another, two of them being real life characters and four of themfictitious characters.After having chosen his characters and settings, now he must describe themas being a 'strange mixture of the real and the unreal.' Hawthorn starts out bydescribing the main character which is Hester. 'The young woman was tall, with...

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