Kynzi Denton.docx - Denton 1 Kynzi Denton Mrs.Borgman AP Literature 28 April 2017 Outline I Introduction A For a book written so long ago the values in

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Denton 1 Kynzi Denton Mrs.Borgman AP Literature 28, April 2017 Outline I. Introduction A. For a book written so long ago, the values in the Scarlet Letter contain pertinence today. B. The Scarlet Letter explores hypocrisy, forgiveness, and moral short comings C. Hawthorne explores these themes to convey his feelings and express what is going on in his time D. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter he vividly explores and explains the themes of forgiveness, hypocrisy, and moral shortcomings to show the reader what was going on both in society and the church. II. Background A. Hawthorne had an interesting background. 1. Hawthorne’s mother gave birth in Massachusetts in 1804. 2. Hawthorne grew up in a puritan home. B. Here are some interesting facts about Nathaniel. 1. Hawthorne gets acknowledged for writing short stories along with novels. 2. His family came from England. C. Historical or cultural events during Hawthorne’s life. 1. The puritan religion began to spread. 2. People became very socially and morally strict. 3. Most slavery becomes abolished. III. Literary analysis A. Hypocrisy 1. Dimmesdale shows signs of hypocrisy. 1. Dimmesdale begged for the truth yet lied. 2. Both persons became guilty of sinning and refused to confess. 2. Forgiveness 1. Hester had to show forgiveness in many places in her story. a. Hester, being pregnant and had to choose to keep her mouth shut for the sake of others.
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Denton 2 b. When hester’s husband came to America and disowned her, she still had to forgive him 2. Dimmesdale also had to forgive Hester a. Although he had a part in sinning too, being involved in ministry did not stop his anger with Hester. b. Historically forgiveness fits into the religious customs of the day. c. The puritans did not agree with adultery, but after having a baby Dimmesdale did not have much of a choice but to face what he had done. 3. The last theme Hawthorne expresses is moral shortcomings. a. When Hester stood in front of people they called her all kinds of names one being a hussy. b. Moral shortcomings in the research show that people of this time had a strict moral code. 3. Conclusion 1. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter he vividly explores and explains the themes of forgiveness, hypocrisy, and forgiveness to show the reader what was going on both in society and the church. 2. Forgiveness, hypocrisy and moral shortcomings show how Hawthorne viewed society and religion in his time.
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Denton 3 Themes of The Scarlet Letter Michael Xavier once said, “Religions’ pervasive attempt to root out evil in the world had caused more evil that the devil ever could” (Hunt 27). The hope to root out evil took over Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne’s lives. Through the lives of his characters, Hawthorne expresses that even the holiest people contain evil within them. He proves that no matter how hard people try to root evil out they will all fall short morally and socially. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter , he explores the themes of hypocrisy, forgiveness, and moral shortcomings based upon his views of society and religion.
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