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In the Scarlet Letter there is much symbolism and one of the symbols is the prison. The prison represents isolation and alienation which foreshadows the life Hester and Dimmesdale lead after committing adultery. Hester lives a life of alienation and Dimmesdale lives a life of imprisonment for not confessing his sin. Another symbol is the forest which symbolizes both dark and light. When the rays of the sun shine through the trees on Pearl, but not on Hester, this represents Hester's inability to find happiness or warmth. The gesture Dimmesdale makes when placing his hand over his heart symbolizes his attempt to cover his sinfulness and prevent exposure. The major symbol in the Scarlet Letter is the scarlet letter "A." It symbolizes adultery and the agony which Hester and Dimmesdale endure. Another major symbol in this book is the colors in which the people dress. Hester dresses in dark colors to symbolize the dull and gloomy life she has led. She dresses Pearl in bright colors in defiance of the scarlet letter.
I thought this book was a very interesting book to read. It is hard to imagine a life where there are so many narrow minded and unforgiving people.