Psychological Analysis in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter is the first and the greatest novel of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne was deeply interested in the exploration of the dark recesses of the human minds. In the novel, he explores the workings of the minds of his major characters â€“ Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth and Pearl.
The mental anguish of Hester Prynne and her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale is probed by Hawthorne with the keen eyes of a psychologist. Through the character of Roger Chillingworth, he explores the psychology of revenge. In the portrayal of the character of Pearl, Hawthorne describes the abnormal psychology of the problem child. This paper will attempt an analysis of the human psychology that the author has based his novel on.
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