Are there any aspects of Romanticism in the novel The Scarlet Letter?

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Yes, there were.
Romanticism pushed back against the rationality of the emerging scientific age, and emphasized emotion and nation (among other things).

The novel is rich with emotional description (the style is Romantic), and the urges driving the characters are deeply Romantic. Passions govern them, not reason, and the natural world looms large all around them.

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