Herbert Gorman's essay entitled "The Absolved, the Redeemed, and the Damned: A Triangle", in response to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, discusses Hawthorne's unique writing style and the effectiveness of this work. According to Gorman, "the book is a moving series of symbols within a large symbol from beginning to end" (251). Hawthorne writes in an allegorical style, meaning he uses characters, objects, or events to represent abstract ideas and relay moral values to the reader.
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from the average writer. He was able to realize "the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters" (TSL 25), to pass his wisdom on to numerous generations.
Carey, Joyce. "The Power of the Symbol." 342-43
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: Dover, 1994.
--- "Young Goodman Brown."
Gorman, Herbert. "The Absolved, the Redeemed, and the Damned: a Triangle." Ed. Sculley Bradley. New York: Norton, 1962. 249-53.