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The Scarlet Letter Sountrack

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Rebekah Whittington

on 28 October 2012

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Transcript of The Scarlet Letter Sountrack

The Scarlet Letter Sountrack Rebekah Whittington "Rumors" "Meadow" "Daytime Friends" "The Sound of Silence" "Just a Girl" "Crucify" "Wake Up Call" "Shine Bright Like A Diamond" "Wild Horses" "Angel in the Night" In the novel, Hawthorne uses light and dark imagery to depict good and evil. In the song "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" by Rhianna, it describes a girls desire to make her relationship "shine". Similarly, Hester urges Dimmesdale to live with her outside of the Puritan settlement, thus making it come into the light. The song describes the relationship as diamonds in the sky or light in the darkness. In this way, "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" portrays light and dark imagery similar to in the novel. "Angel in the Night" by Basshunter accurately describes Hester Prynne by describing her feelings towards her sin and Arthur Dimmesdale. The song talks about the singer's angel in the night. Hester is in love with Dimmesdale, but their love is a secret. Using the word night usually infers something hidden. As a result, Dimmesdale becomes Hester's angel in the night. The singer wonders when his angel in the dark will be by his side. In the same way, Hester wonders when she and Dimmesdale will be able to be together. This song pinpoints Hester's viewpoint in this book. Arthur Dimmesdale struggles internally though
his fear of being caught for committing a sin and
his guilt. The song, "Wild Horses" by Natasha
Bedingfield, portrays Dimmesdale urge to be free of
guilt and fear. The song describes the singers want to
run free like a wild horse. Dimmesdale feels similar. He wants to break free of society, but he is too scared.
In the same way, the song describes the singers desire to
have reckless love. Dimmesdale has the same longing with Hester Prynne. "Wild Horses" provides a parallel into Dimmesdales life by describing his desire to become free of guilt and fear. The song, "Wake Up Call" by Maroon 5 demonstrates Chillingowrth feelings of hate and revenge towards Hester Prynne and her partner in crime. In the song, the singer vows he is "not kind if you betray me". Chillingworth parallels this by dedicating his life to finding Hester's lover and torturing him. The singer also says he will take revenge on the man whom his girlfriend was caught cheating with. Chillingworth makes the same promise. This song correctly maps out Chillingworth's reaction to Hester's adultery. Pearl Prynne is an innocent among the guilty. She represents Romantic values in a Puritan society. Sticking with Romantic values, she is emotional yet bright. In the song "Just a Girl" by No Doubt, the singer "knows exactly where [she] stands" the same way Pearl always seems to know what is going on. Also, the singer describes feeling all eyes on her like she is a freak. Pearl is the same way. SHe is unique and the product of sin. As a result, she feels constant eyes on her. "Just a Girl" by No Doubt parallels the way Pearl feels as a symbol of Romanticism. In The Scarlet Letter, the scaffold is a place where sinners stand to make them feel shamed and embarrassed. In a sense, the town crucifies sinners on the scaffold. The village is always looking for sinners to put on the scaffold. In the song "Crucify" by Tori Amos, it talks about feeling all eyes on the narrator who seeks the courage to stand up tall in their face of everyones accusations and taunts. Sinners on the scaffold do the same thing. The song also mentions the constant accusations against people. In the village, people are always accusing others of sin. The symbol of the scaffold embodies the song "Crucify" by Tori Amos. Hawthorne constantly points out the hypocrisy of the
Puritan society. In the song "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel, the song tells of seeds planted in the minds of people who blindly accepted what others tell them. The Puritan society is the same way. Whatever the religious officials declare is law without exception, even though religious officials are not always pure. The song talks about people living in darkness under a God. This is very similar to the Puritan society. "The Sound of Silence" is very similar to Puritan hypocrisy. In the Puritan town, rumors circulate like wildfire
targeting everyone. People are constantly talking about who has sinned. The Puritan society revolves around strict conformity. The song "Rumors" by Timex Social Club illustrates the constant gossip in the town. In the beginning of the novel when Hester is standing on the scaffold, many women gossip about her out of jealousy. In the same way in the song, the artist talks about jealous girls who gossip. The artists also talks about the urge to become free of rumors the same way Hester Prynne does. The Puritan tendency to gossip coincides with this song. At least for a little while, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale had a secret relationship before Hester became pregnant. "Daytime Friends" describes two people who have an affair at night yet act like casual friends during the day. This is very similar to Hester and Dimmesdales relationship. They would not acknowledge each other in the daytime, but were together in secret. The songs use of daytime and night can refer similarly to in public and in private. In this way, "Daytime Friends" illustrates the relationship between Hester and Dimmesdale. In this book, the forest is a dark place where
sin takes place. Hester and Arthur Dimmesdale meet their to rekindle their love. The song "Meadow" by Epsers describes two lovers in the meadow. The song has a whimsical feel that describes the meeting of Hester and Dimmesdale. Because of this, it fits Hester and Dimmesdales rationale in the forest.
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