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Telling The Truth About Love And Hate

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Telling the Truth About Love and Hate The Scarlet Letter is a story of many ideas and concepts. Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it deals not only with adultery, society, and finally, it deals with the effects of being truthful and lying. I will discus the topics with my own views as well as those see in the novel.Hate and love are two very important feelings in the novel "Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially the same, except that one in a dusky and lurid glow." (255). This is saying that love and hate are similar. The subjects arise many times in the novel, seemingly to make up the base of it, the whole novel revolves around it. The love between mother and daughter is really strong in the book. Hester has an undying love for her daughter Pearl, a very observant and somewhat wicked little girl. There is also hate in the story. Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband has an obsessive hate for Rev. Dimmesdale, the father of Pearl, because of what he has done. Hawthorne says this about him, "In a word, old Roger Chillingworth was a striking evidence of a man's faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a responsible space of time, undertake the devil's office" (166). In fact Rev. Dimmesdale says, "The old man's revenge has been blacker than sin. He violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of the human heart. Thou and I, Hester never did so" (191). There is hate between Chillingworth and Dimmesdale, because Chillingworth pretended to care for Dimmesdale, but he secretly hated him. Love and hate are two very important emotions. According to Hawthorne with out hate, there would be no love. Without love, there would be no hate. But love is much stronger than hate, and it will prevail in the long run.Being a woman in the Puritan society was not a very good life, especially for Hester. Her case was different because she was adulteress. Women didn't have any rights, and they were looked down upon. Hawthorne said this about Hester, "Indeed, the same dark question often rose into her mind in reference to the whole race of womanhood. Was the existence worth accepting, even to the happiest among them?" (162). Hester was having serious doubts whether life was worth living or not. Woman also got charged with...

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