Notes on The Scarlet Letter Themes

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The Scarlet Letter Topic Tracking: Red

Red 1: The wild rose bush is red, and very visible by the side of the prison-door, which is otherwise barren and desolate.

Red 2: Hester Prynne's scarlet letter is bright red (scarlet), and much more showy and bright than anything normally allowed or accepted in the colony of Massachusetts.

Red 3: Governor Bellingham, the Reverends Wilson and Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth see Pearl dressed in a bright red and gold outfit, and call her "Ruby," "Coral," and "Red Rose."

Red 4: In secret, Dimmesdale uses a whip to inflict a bloody, red wound over his heart.

Red 5: Dimmesdale, while standing on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl, sees a meteorite pass through the sky, and take the shape of a red "A."

Red 6: Hester speaks to Chillingworth, and notices when she looks in his eyes, that there is a red spark in his eyes, like something is burning inside.

Red 7: Pearl, while off playing, replicates Hester's scarlet letter in bright green seaweed laid across her own chest.

Red 8: As Hester lets her hair down, a red flush appears on her cheeks for the first time since before she put on the scarlet letter.

Red 9: In public Hester, after many years of shame brought by her community, looks dead white, without a hint of red in her cheeks.

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