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One of the most important themes in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is his intellectual way of examining human nature.

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The Scarlet Letter Human Nature "It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility." Nathaniel Hawthorne, P.144 One of the most important themes in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is his intellectual way of examining human nature. The quotation above demonstrates that Hawthorne considers indispensable goodness regarding human nature. Hawthorne also distinguishes that in real life situations the goodness of human nature is overturned due to a person's ego. This essay will provide one how Hawthorne demonstrates his belief on human nature using examples from his novel. ...read more.


Others begin to respect her for her care and work towards others, but it is still very difficult for to be forgiven completely as she is rejected by everyone public; Although the community will welcome her inside their homes for her services when they are in need. However, with all the negative attention brought upon Hester, she will be able to make an alteration in who she is due to her powerful personality, and with time society views the "A" now as a good thing rather then something bad which represents the love demonstrated in the quote above. The ego comes into play by the societies actions towards Hester; she is now trapped with selfishness of human nature. Even though she is allowed in people's homes and appreciated by the families inside, she is greatly avoided and hated on the street. ...read more.


The author also applies this quote to human nature and the Puritan society. He views Puritan society as altering human nature; human nature loves and forgives, Puritan society leaves no room for forgiveness and emphasizes that of selfishness and hatred. In this type of culture there is no place for questioning or challenging what is wrong or right. Hawthorne gives the impression that the Puritan society is that it doesn't fit human nature because of not allowing forgiveness which is stated within the bible. The quotation used above conveys a particularly optimistic belief on human nature in such a novel which is full of punishment, guilt and justice. Hawthorne appears to be observing that humans as individuals are good and loving instead of hateful and evil. However, when one is left to fight for them self the positive behaviors are generally substituted by hatred and ones ego. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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