The Scarlet Letter Essay | Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

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Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

Summary: The first and perhaps the most obvious use of symbolism by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the novel follows the progression of meaning of the letter "A" that Hester is forced to wear on her chest. From the beginning the "A" is a recognized symbol of adultery. There "on the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread..." lies evidence of her sin and impurity for all to see. Though she is forced to wear it she, throughout the book will continue her life and attempt to allow other people to see her as someone other than the label that lies so clearly on her chest.
In the novel "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne symbolism is used to represent the evolution of the characters primarily that of Hester Prynne. Two of these symbols as they are used repeatedly create underlying truths telling their own story of growth and understanding as sunshine and the letter "A" bring to light who Hester Prynne truly is.

The first and perhaps the most obvious use of symbolism in the novel follows the progression of meaning of the letter "A" that Hester is forced to wear on her chest. From the beginning the "A" is a recognized symbol of adultery. There "on the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread..." lies evidence of her sin and impurity for all to see. Though she is forced to wear it she, throughout the book will...

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