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The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter offers an extraodinary insight into tne norms and behavior of the 17th century if American Puritansociety. The basic conflicts and problems of its main characters,however,are familiar to readers in the present. The female protagonist,has borne a child out of wedlock and has been jailed for over three months and sentenced to wear a symbol of her adultery, a scarlet 'A' on her dress at all times.It concrens about the moral,emotional and psychological effect of the sin on people in general.It's not simply a love story or a story of sin.The Scarlet  Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the scarlets letters to symbolize the harshness of Puritan society,showing how they brand sinners for life. The story happened in Boston about 400 years ago. It narrates love affairs between three persons.The punished woman.Hester Prynne and his husband. Who called himself Roger Chillingworth.He is an old misshapen man and a doctor.Hester does not love him at all.Another man is a young minister,Dimmesdale,who has a high position among ministers and is highly respected among his people in town.Hester and Dimmesdale love each other. But their love is forbidden in that time.It is sinful.Due to this,Hester is punished by society with a letterA on her chest, which considered an evil, a shame. In this novel,the mainline seems to be around the letter A .Hester isbrave enough to face the cruel reality.She is always with a mind of courage.She has been alone with her child for so long,with litter communication. Shame! Hopelessness ! Loneliness! Hester has to wear the letter A day after day,seven years as for punishment and ill fame. When a women has lived through a difficult expberience, her character changes a great deal.If she should be tenderness,she will die. If she survive the tenderness will leave her.Hester's charitable deds and quiet humility have earned her a reprieve from the scorn of the community.The letter on her chest represents her work on earth, always helping others,without expecting any thanks.Never afterwards,does that scarlet letter leave her chest. The townspeople no longer view the letter as a punishment, but rather as representing her great strength and bravery .They say it means 'Able'.But Arthur Dimmesdale,his sin against Hester and Pearl is that he will not acknowledge them as his wife and daughter in the daylight.He keeps his dreadful secret from all those under his care in the church for 7 years for fear that he will lose their love and will not be forgiven.He is too weak to admit his sins.He suffers from mysterious heart trouble,seemingly caused by psychological distress.What's worse. he is an advisor to the townspeople about their sins.After Mr.Dimmesdale's death,no one changes more in appearance than Roger Chilling worth.All his strength ang energy has been used to harm his patient. This unhappy man has made his aim in life to add to the suffering of the young minister.When the evil old man no longer has such a pupose,the devil takes him back to the hell.It is a curious subject of abservation,however,whether hatred or love are not of the same place.Each takes a great deal of emotion from one person.The two feeling seem basically the same,expect that one is smiled upon by God,while the other is worshipped by the devil.The two lovers has ever decided to flee to Europe, where they can live with their daughter Pearl as a familiy. They feel a sense of releases there.However,their plann fails.When Hester dies,she is buried next to Dimmesdale.The two share a sigle tombstone,with a deep colored letter A  shining brightiy.

2017-09-25
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