The rosebush situated outside of the prison door is like a “moral blossom” growing amongst the bitter weeds of society, in the “most unlikely of places” (Hawthorne). The placement of the rosebush in such a dank, improbable position as outside of a place housing sinners (the prison), imparts the fact that such an element of beauty and innocence is nevertheless able to be born out of a station with such an ill aura. Pearl is symbolic of the rosebush in that she was spawned from the same evil air of sin (Waggoner 156). However, her purity is just as real as that which comes from a origin of virtue (Waggoner 156). She is often associated with roses (Waggoner 156).
Others feel that a person's punishment should be based upon the severity of their crime. However, what many people overlook is the fact that in time, we all have committed sins. In The Scarlet Letter, the idea of sin and punishment is the main theme of the novel and how Hester Prynne, the main character, has been punished for her sin of adultery. As Nathaniel Hawthorne states in this novel, "In the view of Infinite Purity, we are sinners all alike." This statement puts a big question mark on the true lives of the Puritans.
To create the mood of gloom and sadness Hawthorne uses words such as “sad colored” and “gray, steeple crowned hats,” to describe the clothing of the towns people. The prison stands for sin and an authority that does not condone the deviance from the Puritanical severity of law, and next to the prison door grows a wild rose bush. The single red rose that grows from it serves as a symbol of passion and the two combined, indicate that the prisoner has been incarcerated as a result of the sin from passion. Also, Ann Hutchinson, who disagreed with the severity of Puritanical teachings and was imprisoned, plays a small part when Hawthorne references her name by mentioning it was possible the beautiful rosebush sprang from her steps. This is an implication of the rigidness of Puritanical authoritarianism and ties the beliefs of the prisoner to those of Ann Hutchinson.
“In the contrast of the wild rose bush, with its flowers turned into gems, and the prison, turned metaphorically into an unnatural flower - the black flower of civilization -Hawthorne sets his conflict between prisoner and prison (or prisoner and crowd) into a much larger context. The rose bush is beautiful, also wild and natural; the black flower is ugly, also civilized and unnatural. Nature has a heart to pity and be kind; civilization, apparently, does not.” (Baym 6) This rosebush was a symbol of... ... middle of paper ... ...ath of the governor. So one topic of gossip and conversation, Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s adultery, has evolved into another more recent one, the governor’s death. Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter enables the reader to understand complex ideas more clearly.
On the other hand, H.D.’s ‘Sea Rose’, while addressing the rose with ... ... middle of paper ... ...the challenges of its environment and as such is stronger than the traditional rose as a symbol of a faint, sweet love. The use of harsh sonic language and repetition in both poems contribute to the representation of the flawed rose, the rose that is considered unfit as a symbol of ‘love’. Blake uses this image of his ‘sick rose’ to express his opinion that love in literature has been corrupted, as the worm corrupts the rose. On the other hand H.D. uses the flawed rose, the ‘sea rose’ as a more realistic representation of love, as opposed to the flawless traditional rose.
Hawthorne personifies Nature as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life. Hester's sin causes Nature to accept Pearl. First it is necessary to examine how nature is identified with sin against the Puritan way of life. The first example of this is found in the first chapter regarding the rosebush at the prison door. This rosebush is located "on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold"(36) of the prison.
Racism, a disease of the ignorant, is a horrific part of society, and has reared its ugly head throughout history, and is continuing to do the same today. Racism comes in many shapes and forms, directed towards a variation of cultures. It can end lives and tear communities apart. Often times, there are people who see racism, and are inspired to write about it, with the goal in mind to make a difference and change societies belief. Abel Meeropol and Harper Lee had that goal in common, when writing “Strange Fruit”, a poem about lynching, and To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel about a persecuting southern to.
The scarlet letter was meant to be a symbol of shame but it became a power of identity for Hester. The meteor, for Dimmesdale meant he should be wearing the scarlet letter just like Hester. To the town, the meteor meant "angel" which meant that the Governor entered the gates of heaven. Pearl was a symbol that was a living version of her mother's sin. The rosebush by the prison door represents the ability of nature to endure and outlasts a man's activities.
It allows the rose's beauty and symbolism to be emphasized. The rose is a symbol of passion. It's red color is representative of bloodshed in times of hardship, and its thorns represent the pain we must sometimes endure, however out of most passionate experiences comes beauty. As aforementioned the rose offers its fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as they enter the jailhouse. This is metaphoric of the loss of freedom and purity.
The consequences of his admittance to the grievous sin were also a factor in his decision and ended up being too much for him in the end leading to his passing as soon as he took Pearl and Hester’s hands on the scaffold and told the world he was a sinner. The symbolism in the characters of The Scarlet Letter, are meant to represent some of types of known and unknown sin, repented and not, as well as the evil motivation behind somes sin. Each of the major plot controlling characters in the book work as alliterations to the actual sin while also spinning the story of adultery and how it affects people in Puritan culture. Yet some get swept up in the whirlwind, like Chillingworth's unrelenting yearning for revenge and Dimmesdale’s internal conflicts leading him to shout his sin from the scaffold, being unable to take the torment anymore, all personifications of sin.