… NEW HISTORICISM IN “THE SCARLET LETTER”
The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of new historicism in “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. New historicism is concerned with social concerns that both create and threaten the community, and believes there are no absolute truths in either the past or present.
THE SCARLET LETTER
Hawthornes “The Scarlet Letter,” concerning Hester Prynnes rejection by a New England town due to adultery, is clearly a call to readers to alter their Puritan attitudes, and become freer with their thoughts and ideals. Prynne represents free …
… continue with our lives, and try to accomplish more. Hawthornes work is moralizing, but still uses Hester as a symbol of someone whose feelings are out of bounds of societys acceptable beliefs, and is very representative of the thoughts of the times, which Hawthorne was vigorously protesting.
Hawthorne may have used a setting in Puritan New England two hundred years before to enhance his themes of thought and feeling. Mores in the seventeenth century were even stricter than in the eighteenth and nineteenth, and people were even less inclined to accept outward shows of feelings and thoughts. He …