However, when reading engaging, well-written, stylistic and ambiguous novels, such as The Scarlet Letter, one must go deeper and actually examine the novel and the elements that the author so effectively uses. But the dominating implications of the letter Scarlet A remains a badge of shame for Hester that she is doomed to wear for the rest of her days to come because she has had a child out of wedlock. Public humiliation and penance are symbolized by the scaffold, the only place where Dimmesdale can go to atone for his guilt and escape his tormentor's clutches. The critic which I based this on feels that there is voluminous accounts of symbolism, even too much. When Hester comes into the sunshine from the darkness, she must squint at the light of day, and her iniquity is placed for all to see.
It seems as though she is hidden behind it. To Hester, the A means humiliation. She stands as a label of an outcast in front of society. Black is also used to refer to sin and evil, yet red tends to be the more outward appearance of sin and evil, while black tends to signify hidden sins or the things that society doesn't want to face. She cannot see her mother without the scarlet letter.
Hester is the talk of the town, and she will be a public figure of shame, whereas Chillingworth will be the devil in plain sight. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. He is burdened by 'the black secret of his soul' Chapter 11. Pearl is delighted to see the magnified reflection, which greatly distresses Hester who feels that it is not her own child but an imp making fun of her. In this world, Hester can take off her cap, let down her hair, and discuss plans with Dimmesdale to be together away from the rigid laws of the Puritans.
Recall how in the beginning of the story, one rose bush stood in a plot of overgrown weeds and dying grasses by the prison door. Pearl is not only an innocent child of nature, she is at the same time an agent if retribution. Though it was ordered for Hester to wear the letter, it was still her own choice to make it in a vivid. Adultery---Able~ Able to face the society with dignity~ Able to accept her punishment alone without any support and friends~ Able to be a mother for Pearl2. It will not flee from me; for I wear nothing on my bosom yet! Pearl sees the scarlet letter, the mark of sin, as a natural part of life.
It was a culmination of everything he experienced in his life. Chillingworth uses this particular phrase because it gives the feeling that this darkness that has come over him is a natural process. Hester Prynne bears the label of the letter upon her chest. Here, the forest seems to represent potential: that part of human nature that can't be squashed and beaten into submission. He is fiendish, evil, and intent on revenge. Because of this, she solely observes Hester and her doings, and tries to mimic them.
This somehow gives Hester a reason to live. Hester's daughter Pearl can also be characterized by the color red. Hester is a Fallen Woman with a symbol of her guilt. For instance, the forest symbolizes a wild place, free from the laws of society; the brook is where Pearl first sees her reflection and it symbolizes a boundary between her two worlds. Pearl desires the minister to acknowledge her in public. It portrays the guilt of Dimmesdale, the father of Hester's child. Every so often, sunshine flickers on the setting.
Hester finally perceives this fact, but not in its deeper meaning. The scaffold which in the beginning of the tale, is the place where Hester faces the hostility of the crowd, plays a significant role in The Scarlet Letter. Hester is treated as a social outcast and the scarlet letter makes her feel a burning sensation on her bosom. Hawthorne's use of the character Pearl throughout The Scarlet Letter becomes a symbol of shame, sin, as well as a guilty concenious that Hester never truly is able to rid herself from. It is a sign of adultery, penance, and penitence. The A to Dimmesdale is a reminder of his own contrition. The letter does represent Hester Prynne's adultery, but as she grows and changes in the novel, the letter's symbolism evolves as well.
Arthur Dimmesdale is always seen with his hand over his heart. The Puritans in that scene wear gray hats, and the darkness of the jail is relieved by the sunshine of the outside. The exclusion of her needle from embroidering a wedding dress symbolizes the harshness of the Puritan attitude. But to the townspeople, it stands for Angel which good Governor Winthrop has become after his death. The collective community that watches, at beginning and end, is a symbol of the rigid Puritan point of view with unquestioning obedience to the law.