The Scarlet Letter

The Custom House

How does Hawthrone utilize romanticism to achieve purpose?

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The Custom House is the definition of romanticism, as we see and experience Hawthorne's vision of Hester's story in its metamophosis from historical documentation into a personal account. Hawthorne cites that the setting and the inividuals in question can become so much more through an author's imagination. He says that a writer of romance can "dream strange things and make them look like truth."


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