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The Scarlet Letter Allusion

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Hailey Hoffman

on 23 October 2015

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Transcript of The Scarlet Letter Allusion

The Scarlet Letter Allusion
"Of a truth, friend, that matter remaineth a riddle; and the Daniel who shall expound it is a yet a-wanting," (Hawthorne 82).
Branded Brow of Cain
This allusion to Daniel is referring to the fact that he had the ability to decode, understand, and read dreams. It is basically saying that they are waiting for a "Daniel" or a person to explain the complicated truth about the father of Pearl.
Elixir of Life
Explanation of the Quote
This quote refers to the biblical story of Daniel. He was a strong leader as a prophet who could read dreams
“He soon manifested his familiarity with the ponderous and imposing machinery of antique physic; in which every remedy contained a multitude of far-fetched and heterogeneous ingredients, as elaborately compounded as if the proposed result had been the Elixir of Life.”

The Elixir of Life is is a mythical potion, and when you drink this potion at a certain
time, ot grants you the power of having eternal life or youth. This quote connects
to the story because it talks of how Roger Chillingworth looks the same as he did
many years ago, saying that he looks as though he has drank this magical, youthful
Background Information
The Branded Mark of Cain is a biblical allusion to the story of Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and anger and God then marked Cain on his head to always remind him of what sin had done.
Similarly to the story of Cain and Abel, Hester committed a sin. As Cain recieved a mark on his head, Hester had to wear the scarlet letter every day of her life. These were both constant reminders of sin and betrayal. These sins were both against God and thwarted them from society.
"With her native energy of character it could not entirely cast her off, although it had set a mark upon her more intolerable to a woman's heart than that which branded the brow of Cain" (Hawthorne ).
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