Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Bible begins with the story of Adam and Eve, who were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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You should visit Browse Happy and update your internet browser today! A throng of bearded men, in sad—coloured garments and grey steeple—crowned hats, inter—mixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Certain it is that, some fifteen or twenty years after the settlement of the town, the wooden jail was already marked with weather—stains and other indications of age, which gave a yet darker aspect to its beetle—browed and gloomy front.
The rust on the ponderous iron—work of its oaken door looked more antique than anything else in the New World.
Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel—track of the street, was a grass—plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig—weed, apple—pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison.
But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose—bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
This rose—bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally overshadowed it, or whether, as there is far authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson as she entered the prison—door, we shall not take upon us to determine.
Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader. It may serve, let us hope, to symbolise some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow.After the little Custom-House intro, Hawthorne dumps us right in the middle of the Puritan community, at a door that's "heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes" ().
Well, it is a prison door. The Scarlet Letter, published in , is set in Puritan New England in the 17th century. Exploring the issues of grace, legalism, and guilt, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman who commits adultry then struggles to create a new life. CHAPTER 1: The Prison Door Within the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne used imagery throughout the entire story.
Hawthorne utilized imagery to help support his ideas. He was able to paint the picture of what was happening. More about Custom House in . Hester's scarlet letter is a symbol of sin: the "A" literally stands for adultery and visibly marks her a sinner in the eyes of Boston's Puritan population.
In Hester's religious community. Nathaniel Hawthorne (–). The Scarlet Letter. I.
The Prison-Door: A THRONG of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice. Year Published: Language: English Country of Origin: United States of America Source: Hawthorne, N.
().The Scarlet Letter. Boston, MA: Ticknor and Fields.