The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne likes to blur the lines between what is real and what is not, leaving his readers to interpret what they want from his writing. Ambiguity in Hawthorne 's novel is one way he adds a certain level of conciseness that almost every romantic story requires. He gives you the general theme without really giving away the message and that is what makes The Scarlett Letter and many of his other books intriguing to read. In The Scarlett Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity along with irony and symbolism to captivate and hold the reader’s attention and create authenticity for the events that happened within Puritan society in the 1600’s . In the prologue Hawthorne uses the past as a tool to create authenticity for the reader. The novel starts off with an introduction essay written by Hawthorne stating his thoughts on society in the 1800’s, how the scarlet letter affected him, and also in what ways this was a true story. He asserts the story’s realness by setting up a situation where he comes across the scarlet letter suddenly while going through documents while working at the custom house (468). The reader believes in what he is saying and also takes in the events that happen within the novel as real. Hawthorne used The Scarlett Letter as a way to create authenticity, give his view point of the Puritan society and by using a character like Hester, who had gone against what was acceptable at that time.
Hawthorne juxtaposes what the narrator…

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