Nathaniel Hawthorne?s sets a tone by way of eloquently placed adjectives, and use if terms such as; ?sad-colored garments,? ?throng,? and ?heavily timbered with oak,? In The Scarlet Letter. The first paragraph of a solid piece of literature often sets the foundation for the work, as well as giving the reader valuable insight into the setting, and mood of the piece.
Hawthorne manipulates the reader?s senses with the word ?sad-colored,?
taking two completely opposite terms and combining them creating a vivid
mood. He uses the word ?sad-colored garments? in context with clothes. The uniformity of the colors that the people are wearing indicates that an event is taking place. Also, specific groups of people tend to dress similarly, possibly suggesting that they are from the same religious background. The ?sadness? of the colors might even indicate the age group of these men/women. ?Sad-colored? not only tells of the color of the garments but also of the mood itself. The very word ?sad? depicts
a specific feeling, but Hawthorne combines this feeling with a visual aspect thereby giving the reader a clearer picture, and enabling the reader to become more emotionally involved.
While referencing a group, Hawthorne chooses to use a more colorful
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