The Scarlet Letter From The Book The Scarlet Letter, Written By Nathaniel Hawthorne. This Essay Describes How The Novel Was A Romance

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Although the main focus of The Scarlet Letter is directed towards the evil and shame involved in adultery, in all actuality, a number of symbols and events throughout the book, prove that the story is truly a romantic novel. Many times, the romanticism in a novel or story, such as The Scarlet Letter, is not blatantly stated throughout the text, but instead ideas and symbols are used. By using these techniques, a person must think harder, and seek to find the true meaning behind their usage. Romanticism can fall under many categories, for example, it can be anything from nature, emotions and spirituality, to freedom, family, and love. Hawthorne depicts many of these qualities of romanticism in The Scarlet Letter, while still placing the most emphasis on the wrong-doings, and the overall immorality of the novel. The most obvious symbol of romanticism in this book is Hester's daughter, Pearl. At first, it is somewhat difficult to understand why Pearl, the living proof that Hester had committed adultery, and the reason why she was forced to wear the scarlet letter A, would be such a romantic symbol, but she definitely is. "The true love honestly comes out with the story of mother and child", (Kuchling, Andrew). When Pearl is being stoned by the other children, Hester stands up and makes it clear to them that Pearl means as much to her as each one of them means to their mother. This does a fine job of showing the unconditional love between the two of them, (Kuchling, Andrew). Unconditional love is most often displayed in families, mainly because of the bond that they share with each other. When Hester decides to stand up for Pearl and herself, she proves that they hold that special, unconditional bond with one another. An excellent example of Hester's never-ending love for her daughter is shown during a scene where Hester is in town, and is made to wear the scarlet letter A on her chest. Hester says: "I can teach my little Pearl what I have learned from this!" (Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 110). Hester doesn't want Pearl to go through the same torture that she has to deal with, so she will teach her right from wrong, and raise Pearl to lead a better life than she has. Alongside of Hester's relationship with Pearl, was also her relationship with Dimmesdale, who was the father of Pearl and also another unmistakable icon of romanticism in this novel. However, the lovers needed Pearl. She bound the two of them together, by being the product of their crime, and the symbol of their love, (Kuchling, Andrew). Even though the connection between the two of them was quite different from that of Hester and Pearl, it still deals with the concept of romance. Hester and Dimmesdale had a sense of longing for one another, which was apparent when Dimmesdale made a point to find Hester and Pearl out in the forest,(Kuchling, Andrew). He knew that he was wrong for...

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