Even years after Hester Prynne’s death, the scarlet letter continues to have a negative impact on anyone that views it. Originally, the scarlet letter is meant to put Hester to shame. While initially being publicly prosecuted for her crime, a young wife in the crowd mentions, “let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always on her heart” (49). This immediately sets Hester apart from the rest of society and employs that the letter will be a part of her for the rest of her life. During her public prosecution, Hawthorne depicts Hester’s elegant, dignified beauty and the crowd’s eyes being drawn to the scarlet letter by stating, “it had the effect of a spell, taking her out of th... ... middle of paper ... ...ways.
The young people are taught to “look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...its evolution as a symbol through time. The scarlet A takes on many different forms; by the end of The Scarlet Letter, the scarlet A is an antipode of itself. It transforms from a representation of sin to a symbol of holiness, two completely opposite concepts. The previously explored concepts are not restrictions, for the scarlet letter can take on many other meanings. Symbolism is a complicated matter; every individual reader’s interpretation is different – John Green, a modern American author, claims that “books belong to their readers.” If this is to be true, then all interpretations of the scarlet A’s symbolism must be viewed as acceptable, whether or not Hawthorne intended them.
She is forced to be publicly shamed for what she has done. The scarlet letter “A” is aan important symbol in this story . It symbolizes a different thing something different for each of the characters in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is a huge symbol for Hester; it all starts with her. Then it the scarlet ‘A’ means a lot of things to Pearl which many many of which are different than her mother.
Just as the “A” affects Hester it affects Dimmesdale, Pearl, Chillingworth, and the people of the town as well. To Hester, the main character and the wearer of the scarlet letter, the “A” symbolizes a lot more than the other characters in the novel. The main meaning of the “A” to Hester is that she shall be bound to her sin for life. Hester is judged by all for the letter she wears because of the adulterous sin has she committed. The scarlet letter teaches Hester different things about herself and others around her.
Chillingworth, who is at first thought to be the victim, but in the end the villain? Through Hawthorne's writing we the reader must decide on the morality issue among Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Hester, who is essentially the main character in The Scarlet Letter, therefore, is the most vividly described character in the book. In committing an act so looked down upon by her community in Salem, she must be burdened by an "A" on her chest. As Hester suffered greatly for her transgression, the citizens suffered as well, whether knowing or not, through their hypocritical and cruel punishment.
Through the characters of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, themes of both sin and secret sin are actively portrayed. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne shows many different ways in which sin can be handled and how it can change one’s character. Through the usage of characters and symbols in The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne actively portrays the theme of secret sin, and how in many cases it can eat away one’s soul; however, sin in itself also generates new character in a person that would not have been revealed before. This theme is prominently exemplified through the character of Hester Prynne. Hester, from the beginning of the novel, holds the burden of the two most shameful symbols, the scarlet letter, and Pearl.
The infamous scarlet letter of Hester Prynne not only eradicates her reputation but becomes the barrier that isolates her from the Puritan community. Through the story, traits that were attributed to the scarlet letter develope in the eyes of Hester, Pearl, the village people, and the narrator. These views help to show the main ideas coming across from this story that reflect not only the sins of the Puritans but the sins of all mankind. Hester, the unlikely protagonist of this narrative, constantly battles with what her condemning “A” means to her. Although she makes and embroiders the letter herself, this scarlet “A” becomes its own individual persona.
“It has all the ingredients of a soap opera, but it is far more than that,” (Johnson 1995) writes Claudia Durst Johnson in her book which analyzes The Scarlet Letter thoroughly. Rather it is about the consequences of breaking the moral code, or in this case a moral law. It is about failing to be true to human nature. It is about cruel and terrible revenge. It is about the hypocrisy of members of a community who refuse to acknowledge that each of them is just as human, just as vulnerable to passionate feelings as the women they label an adulterer.
Thesis: In the novel, The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Uses Symbolism By showing how characters in the novel showing how each character show different symbolism. Wearing the scarlet letter has made Hester a stronger person; she has very much realized her sins, as she is a huge part in the book The Scarlet Letter as she shows massive symbolism. Blooms States "Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect that the world was only the darker for this woman's bea...
For example, before Hester emerges from the prison she is being scorned by a group of women who feel that she deserves a larger punishment than she actually receives. Instead of only being made to stand on the scaffold and wear the scarlet letter on her chest, they suggest that she have it branded on her forehead or even be put to death (Hawthorne 51). Perhaps the most important influence on the story is the author's interest in the "dark side" ("Introduction" VIII). Unlike the transcendentalists of the era, Hawthorne "confronted reality, rather than evading it" (VII). Likewise, The Scarlet Letter deals with adultery, a subject that caused much scandal when it w!