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ERIC Number: ED021826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 8
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The Continuity of American Letters in "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Beast in the Jungle."
Gottschalk, Jane
Wisconsin Studies in Literature, n4 p39-45 1967
Fictional works, of different literary periods, which share a common perception of man can be explicated and compared with each other to illustrate a continuing tradition in American literature. Such a basis for comparison exists between Hawthorne's romance, "The Scarlet Letter," which appeared in 1850, and Henry James' fantasy, "The Beast in the Jungle," published 53 years later. Both works attempt to portray the "essential truth of the human heart" by evoking an awareness of the common doom or destiny that all men share in their isolation from each other, an isolation aggravated by the sin of pride. Although differences in surface structure, psychological point of view, use of symbol and image, and methods of execution exist between the two works, each novelist places his characters in a situation which dramatizes the effect of erring, but free-willed, action. (JB)
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