Nathaniel Hawthorne was a truly outstanding author. His detailed descriptions and imagery will surely keep people interested in reading The Scarlet Letter for years to come. In writing this book he used themes evident throughout the entirety of the novel. These themes are illustrated in what happens to the characters and how they react. By examining how these themes affect the main characters, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, one can obtain a better understanding of what
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mind at all times. Dimmesdale did not get better as a character until he opened up to Hester in the forest by confessing his love for her.
Themes are an excellent method for tying in a complex story’s plot. Hawthorne executes this with perfection, which is shown by how well the characters written compare to each other. With this knowledge we can better understand how Hawthorne wanted these characters to be viewed and interpreted.