Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter

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Symbolism is when something holds a deeper significance or meaning than originally intended. In literature, authors will often use symbolism to keep the reader’s attention and pull them in. Symbolism can allow for a reader to relate on a deeper level to imaginary characters and it can bring a story to life. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne gives almost everything a greater meaning. He allows for his audience to be drawn into the storyline by changing the symbolism behind things and always remembering to add little details and descriptions. Hawthorne, draws readers into his novel, The Scarlet Letter, by adding symbolism to the forest, the meteor and of course the scarlet letter “A”. Hawthorne uses the forest…show more content…
The scarlet letter was stitched onto the chest of every woman who commit adultery and was caught. It was like a warning to other woman not to commit adultery and it was a way to punish those who did. The scarlet colour of the letter represented blood and sin while the “A” stood for “adulteress” because, that’s what the woman was now titled and it was her new identity. The letter “A” was also a symbol of guilt and shame. Dimmesdale may not have had to wear a scarlet letter on his chest or raise Pearl but he did have to deal with the guilt and shame every time he saw a scarlet letter. For example, when he passed, Hester in the street and saw the big, bright symbol stitched to her chest. Or when the meteor traced across the sky, making a letter “A” for him to see and interpret as a symbol of his sins. "No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true"(224) and he became so overwhelmed he burned an “A” into his own chest. The scarlet letter was an important symbol to the storyline of the Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. It held many significant meanings that the reader learns as they did deeper into the novel and use their imagination. The scarlet letter was not only a symbol of adultery but also a symbol of power and of
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