Summer Homework - Mistry 1 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Passages from the Text And here some six months ago,pacing from corner to corner or

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Mistry 1 The Scarlet Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne Passages from the Text Responses to the Text “And here, some six months ago,–pacing from corner to corner, or lounging on the long-legged stool, with his elbow on the desk, and his eyes wandering up and down the columns of the morning newspaper,–you might have recognized, honor reader, the same individual who welcomed you into his cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly through the willow branches, on the western side of the Old Manse.” (Hawthorne 4) The detail in this sentence seemed effective because it clearly showed the atmosphere in the narrator’s abode, at the Old Manse. Every detail in this image, set up by Hawthorne seemed to be idealistic, such as the man whom he is describing reading the morning newspaper and relaxing, and the views of the “willow branches, on the western side of the Old Manse”. Hawthorne may have included this detail to include information about one of the characters in the novel prior to beginning the story. “But, on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom…” (Hawthorne 33-34) This rose might have intentionally been woven into the setting of the prison to show that even in a place filled with sinful people, innocence, and purity still is able to thrive. This innocence gives the “criminal” who “came forth to his doom” a sign of slight hope, optimism, and courage. “His name was announced as Rodger Chillingworth. The jailer, after ushering him into the room, remained a moment, marveling at the comparative quiet that followed his entrance; for Hester Prynne had immediately become as still as death, although the child continued to moan.” (Hawthorne 49) Something I appreciated is how Hawthorne uses tension throughout this book. This is just one good example. He tells the reader that Hester’s husband, Rodger Chillingworth, has a different real identity, however does not elaborate. Additionally, when seeing Hester in prison, he shows through his simile that Hester was not mentally or physically prepared to meet him yet the whole point “How strange it seemed to the sad woman, as she watched the intelligence that threw its quivering sunshine over the tiny features expressive of her aspect, which had nothing of the calm, white, unimpassioned lustre that would be indicated by the comparison. But she named the infant “Pearl”, as being of great price, - purchased with all she had…” (Hawthorne 61) Pearl used as a symbol throughout this book is an interesting thought. Throughout the talks of Hester’s affair, many people had overlooked the good that came of the situation. A blessed child, named Pearl, was born. Pearl was the only thing that gave Hester solace. Pearl, as a child, symbolized innocence, as throughout Hester’s affair, Pearl
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