Painting by Thomas Birch

Painting by Thomas Birch

Juxtaposition is when two contrasting elements are put next to each other to cause an effect of opposition. This painting by Thomas Birch in 1806 demonstrates juxtaposition similarly to The Scarlet Letter. Throughout the The Scarlet Letter, there are many different examples of juxtaposition, but one in particular relates especially to the painting. The painting I chose displays three boats sailing through an aggressive storm. Although most of this scene depicts a dark and ominous tone, there is a beacon of light emerging through the middle of the sky. This use of juxtaposition reminds me of the rose bush that grows outside of the prison in The Scarlet Letter. Just like the light shining through the storm, the rose bush offers a small amount of beauty to the prison surrounding it. Both of these scenarios use juxtaposition to symbolize hope manifesting from darkness.

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One Response to Painting by Thomas Birch

  1. bsullivan35 says:

    Great connection. This great painting also reminds me of the chapter in the woods w/mother and child. “Overhead was a gray expanse of cloud, slightly stirred, however, by a breeze; so that a gleam of flickering sunshine might now and then be seen at its solitary play along the path.”

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