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On the Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

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On the Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

Written by: Li Yanwei
Supervised by: Zheng Gaohong

English Department
College of Adult Education
Anhui Normal University

October 2010

  I would like to express my appreciation for my classmates, my teacher and my Lecturer Zheng .With their help, I achieved this essay. Thanks to my classmates who give encouragement and reference books for me. I also acknowledge my comprehensive English teacher who gives me available information and advices .And I want give my special gratefulness to Mr. Zheng, he provides a lot of effective suggestions for my thesis ,and suggests me how to perfect my essay. Finally, I genuinely offer my acknowledgement to them.


  As a famous writer of romanticism, Nathaniel Hawthorne is skillful at the using of symbolism in his works.
  The various usage of symbolism in The Scarlet Letter makes the novel as a work of the world. The novel revolves around one major symbol: the Scarlet Letter. Besides,   the four major characters: Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth and Pearl have their symbolic meanings, Moreover, some other objects that are described in the novel also have their symbolic meanings . In a word, The Scarlet Letter is a novel of much symbolism.

  Key words: the Scarlet Letter, symbolic, scaffold




  On the Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

Chapter 1 Introduction

                      1. Literature review

    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, the descendent of a long line of Puritan ancestors, including John Hawthorne, a...


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