The Scarlet Letter Essay | Explanation of the letter A in "The Scarlet Letter"

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Explanation of the letter A in "The Scarlet Letter"

Summary: Essay provides am explanation of the symbolism of the letter A in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


It was burning red in the night sky, it appeared to be glowing, it was the letter A. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, the letter A symbolizes a number of things. It can be seen as something wonderful, something amazing, something terrible, or a symbol of confusion.

The scarlet letter itself is a piece of red cloth with a capital A embroidered onto the cloth. It was made by Hester Prynne, who is also the wearer of the A. The A is made because Hester Prynne committed the crime of adultery, and must wear it as punishment. As time goes on the letter A symbolizes different things. For example, adultery, able, angel, and finally accomplished. The most impressive form of symbolism the letter A assumes is able. The A symbolized as able is impressive because it is true, a...

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