The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
An exploration of the moral and psychological aspects of the novel by using text references and placing emphasis on characters.
This paper includes information about the three main characters of the novel, the moral and psychological conflicts presented by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his novel and an analysis of the book. It includes many references to the text and dialogue of the characters.
“In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, the three main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, experience the same situation, yet handle it remarkably different. When it is found out the Hester Prynne, a young woman of the Puritan community, has had a child thorough an adulterous affair, Hester works the situation and comes out on top of it through her punishment and because of her openness, Dimmesdale hides the sin he committed with Hester and festers under the guilt, and Chillingworth grows more and more evil as time passes because of his desire for revenge against the man who had a child with his wife. The novel explores such human feelings as anger, guilt, frustration, passion, revenge, love, and although not an emotion, time, and the effects it has on these characters and their emotions.”