The Tongue of Flame
“I consider The Scarlet Letter the most intensely moving and the most beautifully composed work in American fiction,” said Roy R. Male in his article, “The Tongue of Flame: The Scarlet Letter”. This reader of the Scarlet Letter enjoyed the book immensely and he even said, “No other book is so deep, so dual, and so complete.” The critic says that the book is based upon three characters: Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale. Pearl, who was another character in the book, is just used as a physical manifestation of Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s sin.
Male believes The Scarlet Letter can be divided into three sections; each section describing a different theme. The first section (Chapters I to VIII) concerns about Hester's limited ascension. The middle section (Chapters IX to XVI) portrays the burden of guilt and where it should recide. Then the final section (Chapters XVII to XXIV) deals with Dimmesdale’s ascension. Each of the three sections deals with a different dilemma of the main characters.
The story is based on Hester Prynne’s life. It has been argued what the purpose of the book is, if it is to show the triumph of Hester to all or if the story is about orthodox satisfaction in the
The writer says that this book is very painful but approached with extreme caution. " The name of the article is called "Tongue of Flame" since the story is conveying an important message and truth trough the humblest familiar words and images. He was a leech draining his patient of nerve, will, and physical energy. "But if Sin and Sorrow in their most fearful forms are to be presented in any work of art, they have rarely been treated with a loftier severity, purity, and sympathy than in Mr. Hester waited until the community has no dark bitter past to remember of her sin. The crucial moment of truth occurs in The Scarlet Letter when the reader who is already emotionally involved sees Dimmesdale"tms agony and then sees his purification when he dies. " The "Wicked One"tms" sources are vague and unknown creating a perfect scapegoat. Chorley, the tale is so sad from the fact that Hester was punished and forced to wear a scarlet letter that was her badge of shame. A Powerful but Painful StoryThe writer, Henry Chorley wrote an article, "A Powerful but Painful Story" on the book, The Scarlet Letter. Male says that the widespread of disagreement among critics about what the purpose of the story is due to, "the richness of the book. She represented the sin that the whole book is based on and she was the living proof that the sin was committed. There is a mixture of Puritan reserve and wild imagination in Hawthorne"tms works. Hester, who is openly punished for her guilt, her counterpart, whose name was not mentioned in the beginning, suffered privately for his sin, and Hester"tms husband who seeked revenge against the one who committed the sin with his wife.