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  1. Introduction
  2. Dimmesdale's choice of seclusion
  3. Aftermath of the choice of isolation
  4. Conclusion

It is not uncommon for authors to manifest their personal experiences in their works. Nathaniel Hawthorne himself spent numerous years in seclusion. The diverse characters in Hawthorne's timeless tale of adultery and sin, do so as well. The various forms of estrangement are experienced to different degrees depending on each character and vary in levels of negativity and endurance. In Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne utilizes various images of human isolation to illuminate how the characters have evolved throughout the novel, whether or not their seclusion is chosen as well as which form of isolation is more bearable.

[...] Isolation in the Scarlet Letter It is not uncommon for authors to manifest their personal experiences in their works. Nathaniel Hawthorne himself spent numerous years in seclusion. The diverse characters in Hawthorne's timeless tale of adultery and sin, do so as well. The various forms of estrangement are experienced to different degrees depending on each character and vary in levels of negativity and endurance. In Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne utilizes various images of human isolation to illuminate how the characters have evolved throughout the novel, whether or not their seclusion is chosen as well as which form of isolation is more bearable. [...]


[...] In the matter of guardianship of Pearl, Hester defies the governor. In a traditional Puritan home, a child would attend church and be raised in a home. Hester resists this manifesto passionately, gave me the child! He gave her in requital of all things else, which he had taken from me . Ye shall not take her! I will die first!? (Hawthorne 77) On the contrary, Dimmesdale's isolation is a result of him not defying Puritan society. Dimmesdale's effect of isolation is made evident through physical manifestation of the abstract. [...]

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