"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and poems by Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet.

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What is love's importance in literature?

Love has an immense impact and importance in literature. This strong emotion defines characters relationships with family, significant others, and even God. Love in literature also helps a reader become not only closer to the characters of a novel but also more involved and interested in the plot. A reader can relate to situations of and pertaining to love because it is something that everyone knows and experiences on many different levels. Love is a strong theme in many works of literature that have been studied this year in semester one, such as, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, "Sarah Pierrepont", by Jonathan Edwards, and "To My Dear and Loving Husband", by Anne Bradstreet.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a novel of the Puritanical society, sin, and a belief in God but most importantly one of love. The main character, Hester Prynne, faces situations in which love is very much present.

Her relationship with her secret lover, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and her love for their daughter, Pearl, show how full of love Hester truly is. In this novel, love places it's characters in states of guilt, secrecy, sorrow, controversy, and even happiness. In reading this novel a reader is able to feel compassion for the characters because as a human being one experiences love on a daily basis. Romantic love is mutual

between Hester and Dimmesdale. The love of a parent child relationship is also displayed in this novel, between Hester and Pearl, and eventually between Pearl and Dimmesdale. Another type of love portrayed in this novel is a love for God. Hester and the Reverend Dimmesdale both display a fairly strong love for God through out all their trials and tribulations, along with the majority of the Puritan society. Pearl...