Essay response 1: Choice 2
Transcendentalists believe in a over-soul. Over soul is the theory that everything is connected. In Scarlet Letter the Reverend Dimmesdale was portrayed as a humble, kind man. Roger Chillingworth was portrayed as a evil man, he was also referred as the “black man”. Even though Dimmesdale and Chillingworth were very different, they were connected. Dimmesdale depended on Chillingworth to help him live. Soon they grew a relationship, which is the connection. A over soul connection is also found when Chillingworth and Dimmesdale were walking and come across a grave. On the grave was a black weed. Chillingworth says that the weed grows from the man’s body, actually from the man’s sin. This is an example that man, or man’s emotions, transform into plant. In Scarlet Letter, the characters believe in the supernatural. When a red A appears in the sky, the people believe it is an angel sending a message. Transcendentalist believed that the supernatural exist as well. Transcendentalists saw the world split in two. One side was God, spirits, and over-soul. The other side was humans, animals, and nature. Transcendentalist saw the supernatural side superior to the human/nature side. The transcendentalist had no proof of its existence, but transcendentalist were open to theories because they felt that they should speak freely.
Essay response 2: Choice 2
Face it: we've all made mistakes. But there's a difference between "Oops!... I Did It Again" and "He's a killer just for fun." Or is there? Not according to the townspeople and magistrates of The Scarlet Letter. To them, sin is sin: it has to be punished publicly and harshly. But Dimmesdale offers us a hierarchy of sin—a crime of passion, like the one he and Hester committed, isn't nearly as bad as betraying the human heart by mercilessly plotting to destroy a man. That earns you a mark from the Black Man himself—without all the pretty embroidery....