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SYN. Frolicsome, Frisky, Rollicking, Coltish, Jesting, Waggish, Impish, Sprightly

Definition: Full of fun and high spirits

Example:
“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. This flitting cheerfulness was always at the farther extremity of song long vista through the forest. The sportive sunlight-feebly sportive, at best, in the predominant pensiveness of the day and scene-withdrew itself as they came nigh, and left the spots where it had danced the drearier, because they had hopped to find them bright…the light lingered about the lonely child, as if glad of such a playmate, until her mother had drawn also nigh enough to step into the magical circle too.”
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Explanation:
The descriptions of the sun and the cloud as they encounter one another, illustrates Hawthorne’s usage of vivid imagery to emphasize the playful tone he conveys. Hawthorne introduces two different source of power within this excerpt, the darken cloud and the brighten son. Within depicting the cloud, “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” illustrates it’s vigorous features of the cloud and it’s inevitability toward destroying the sunlight, symbolizing evilness or darkness. Conversely, the sun, “sportive sunlight-feebly sportive, at best, in the predominant pensiveness of the day and scene-withdrew itself as they came nigh, and left the spots where it had danced the drearier, because they had hopped to find them bright” processes the brawny strength to overcome the forces of the cloud and to again re-shine upon the forest once more. Similarly, as Hawthorne depicts both Hester and Pearl, he associates Hester as the cloud, and Pearl as the sun, as depicted by the lines, “the light lingered about the lonely child, as if glad of such a playmate, until her mother had drawn also nigh enough to step into the magical circle too” which contains the term, “nigh“, which has been also used to describe the battle among the sun and cloud, “itself as they came nigh” which vindicates that Hawthorne’s usage diction of description to illustrate his playful tone toward conveying the battle among dark and bright, which indicates that Hester’s sin caused her to appear as the cloud, while the innocent Pearl appears as the brighten sun. Additionally, Hawthorne personifies the sun, as a little child, “ it had danced the drearier” which therefore further justifies Pearl’s association with it.

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