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The letter: Informing symbol of “The Scarlet Letter”


1967 1967

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The purpose of this paper is to study the meaning of the scarlet latter in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The scarlet letter is the organic symbol around which Hawthorne's novel is built and through which he makes his statement about sin, and the guilt and sorrow that follow. Hawthorne studies sin in the framework of two concepts of law existing in that period of history in which the novel is laid—Puritan law and the new law of individualism broadly rooted in the romantic movement. Hawthorne works in his novel through four major characters whose lives reveal tensions that result from the conflict created by the two decidedly different attitudes.

The scarlet letter, worn as punishment by the heroine Rester Prynne, an adulteress triggers a reaction in each of the characters. This study analyses each of the four characters as they react to the letter. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

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Subject
American literature
Classification
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Nathaniel Hawthorne
Title
The letter: Informing symbol of “The Scarlet Letter”
Author
Seymour, Albert Freeman
Number of pages
83
Publication year
1967
Degree date
1967
School code
1505
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542026553, 0542026554
Advisor
Fleming, Francis
University/institution
Salisbury University
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.Ed.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
EP12349
ProQuest document ID
302267650
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/302267650
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