Describe Hawthorne's use of figurative language and sentence structure in chapter 2 of The Scarlet Letter.

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Hawthorne's sentence structure is characteristically complex and/or compound.  He typically employs a profusion of dependent clauses to explicitly describe his subjects, scenes, or symbols.  His treatment of these in this chapter, "The Market-Place," is typical of his writing.

Figuratively, he uses two allusions that help to characterize both the women of the town as well as Hester Prynne .  First, he says that the Puritan women in Boston were very similar to the "man-like Elizabeth," by whom he means Queen Elizabeth I, a monarch who refused to marry and maintained...

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