The Scarlet Letter there are symbolic references made.

The Scarlet Letter there are symbolic references made.

Often throughout The Scarlet Letter there are symbolic references made. The story deals with a puritan woman who commits adultery and raises an illegitimate child named Pearl. The author, Nathanial Hawthorne uses Natural images to symbolize different points. Symbols can be anything that has an important meaning like shapes, color and even people. In literature symbols usually don’t have an instantly recognizable meaning, but in The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne describes three symbols which are very important which are the rose-bush, the scarlet letter and Pearl. The rose-bush is an important symbol because it represents something beautiful and at the same time dreadful just like in Hester society. In chapter one, Hawthorne describes is at “”?on one side of the portal and routed almost at the threshold was a wild rose-bush, covered in this month of June” The rose-bush symbolizes the ability of nature to tolerate and outlast mans activity. This quote shows us how something so beautiful can be put into such a horrible place such a prison household. Also in chapter one, Hawthorne says this “found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilized society” The rose-bush also symbolizes the futility of symbolic interpretation. The rose-bush is mentioned through the first part of the story and has various significances as the story proceeds. Furthermore The Scarlet letter “A” is a symbol that has a great impact on Hester Prines life. In chapter two Hawthorne says “on the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold-thread appeared the letter A. The letter A represents adultery is meant to be a symbol of shame, but instead it becomes a powerful identity for Hester. The letter meaning shifts as the time passes. For example in chapter seven Hawthorne says “”?convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gig…


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