Is the Scarlet Letter an allegory written by Nathaniel Hawthorne about the age in which he lived?

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Hawthorne himself had transcendentalist leanings which would lead to his very definite opinions about guilt and sin.  He definitely shows through this novel his opinions about obsession with sin and human weakness as well as the virtual self indulgent guilt which can result from such extreme self-hatred.  In addition, Hawthorne's ancestors were...

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