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Characterization through Imagery and Metaphor in The Scarlet Letter Throughout his publication, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne shows character through the use of imagery and metaphor. In the first Chapter of The Scarlet Letter, "The Prison-Door" the reader is immediately introduced to the folks of Puritan Boston. Hawthorne begins to develop the personality of the average people to be able to construct the disposition of the narrative. The very first sentence starts, "A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes" (Hawthorne 45). Hawthorne's use of vivid visual pictures along with his Aaccumulation of mentally coded details" (Baym xii) creates sympathy for the not introduced character, Hester Prynne, also generates an immediate comprehension of the harshness of the Puritanic code in the public. The pictures made give the liberty to envision whatever entails sadness and morbidity of character for the reader; Hawthorne does not, however, enable the reader to imagine lenient or cheerful people. The above excerpt was provided so that the student would understand the focus of this essay. The complete essay starts below. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. After his graduation from Bowdoin College in Maine, he became a well-known writer of literary tales concerning early American lifestyle. Between 1825 and 1850, he made his talent by writing short fiction, and he gained international fame for his literary book The Scarlet Letter in 1850 (Clendenning 118). Rufus Wilmot Griswold...