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Romanticism in the scarlet letter

Romanticism can be defined as a literary movement marked especially by emphasis on the imagination and the emotions and by the use of autobiographical material.The years from 1810 to 1865 marked the period of romanticism.The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, is a piece of literature from the Romantic period.Intuition, supernatural occurrences, and nature reflecting the emotions are all techniques of Romanticism used in The Scarlet Letter.
The power or faculty of knowing occurrences without conscious reasoning is intuition.Pearl asked Dimmesdale, "Wilt thou stand here with mother and me, tomorrow noontide?" (104). She asked him the aforementioned question because she believes he has also sinned and should have been on the scaffold with them seven years ago.
Pearl has made an "A" out of eelgrass.Hester wonders why she has made it and asks if she knows what her "A" means.Pearl replies, "It is for the same reason the minister keeps his hand over his heart." (132). Pearl senses that Dimmesdale also has an "A", and he keeps his hand over his heart to hide his shame of being an adulterer.
When talking about supernatural occurrence, in reference to Romanticism, it is when something out of the ordinary happens."It is done!The whole town will awake, and hurry forth, and find me here!" (100). This is supernatural because Dimmesdale is screaming at the top of his lungs, expecting the whole town to wake and see him upon the scaffold.The only two people who take notice are Hester and Pearl; they later join him on the scaffold.
We impute it, therefore, solely to the disease in his own eye and heart, that the minister, looking upward to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter – the letter A – marked out in lines of dull red light.Not but the meteor may have shown itself at that point, burning duskily thro…

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