September 19, 2004

The Throwing of the Book

For the first time since this class began, I have found myself so inspired that I actually felt the need to expell the thoughts that are plaguing me from reading the end of The Scarlet Letter.

Hawthorne wrote, "No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true." How true is this statement, especially in the world we live today. People are so caught up with how they are perceived by the public that most wear more than two faces, one for each aspect of their lives, but they never wonder which is true. All they care about is how liked they are by the masses.

As I kept reading, I found myself bored with descriptions, until finally the Election Sermon started. I sat on the edge of a bench outside in the dim light of dusk, chain smoking, aching to know what would happen. Then when all was revealed, the Reverend Mr. Dimmsdale died, and I threw my book into a tree.

Hawthorne did his job well!

Posted by KellySmogor at September 19, 2004 08:53 PM

As a theater major, how many faces do you have? You seem very open and in-tune w/ your thoughts and feelings; is your openess a front or are we looking at the "real" you?
Is it a bad thing that everyone has different masks and layers? I think that's what makes us human.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 20, 2004 01:50 PM

Great quote, and as you say, very true. Unfortunatley many of us are conditioned to put on different face to suit the situation, particularly in the working world. Being open is great but there are times that for your own success you have to put on a slightly revised "face". It may not be a dishonest face, but a controlling of what you put forth. Stay open for as long as you can. If I always were honest with my customers, I would not have any business left!
Of course living a lie is something altogether different. Dimmesdale experienced a painful psychological imbalance between what he strove to be and what he actually was. The human side of him was at war with the moral spiritual side of him. Chillingworth, on the other hand was becoming evil and accepted it.

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at September 28, 2004 12:59 PM
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