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Essay on Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In my reference, Romanticism is a type of literature from the eighteenth century which place its focus on nature and imaginative ideals. The Romantic Movement was a response to the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. This movement consisted of many changes in society during the twentieth century and it moved contrary to the ideals of urban environments that were popping up all around during this period by focussing on character. The Romantic characteristics that are observed from the book The Scarlet Letter would be the ideals of individualism and fact, and not falling into society's ways and judgements. This publication was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the year 1850. This book was about Hester Prynne, a girl living in Boston, who commits a sin in her Puritan community. Hester is an adulterer, who sleeps with all the city's Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester admits to this adultery and has her kid Pearl, but Dimmesdale hides in the shadows to live a life full of guilt and anguish. Little does he know, this suffering is going to be made worse and much worse by Roger Chillingworth, the husband of Hester, who befriends him. Out of each the characters in this book, Hester Prynne reflects the ideals of Romanticism the best. The defining features of Hester are her true beauty and radiance. "The young girl was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance on a massive scale." (46) This shows the reader that Hester isn't just perfectly beautiful, but she carries herself very lady like and within an elegant manner. It is astonishing that Hester carries herself with such grace as she's leaving the prison because of her sin, when the individuals are expecting her to be shameful. "Those / who had known her...were astonished, and even startled, to perceive /.

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