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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne deals much with the issue ofsin Because it has withstood the test of time and is still referred toin modern society the book represents a classic genre This classicbook was written by a very literate man an artist who knew how to putwords together well Therefore the artistic features of The ScarletLetter such as literary devices imagery and symbolic elements areused to develop the tone and theme of the story Many literary devices are used throughout the story An example ofallusion and foreshadowing is Of a truth friend that matterremaineth a riddle and the Daniel who shall expound it is yeta-wanting answered the townsman55 This is referring to the manthat sinned with Hester and how he wants to confess but cannot musterthe courage to which causes him to suffer more guilt than Hester whowears her shame outwardly on her breast Another literary device isalliteration used when the narrator says - or with the dreary burdenof a heart unyielded because unvalued and unsought -227 This isexplaining what happens to a heart when no one cares about it or seeksit out Light and dark are used repeatedly all throughout the storyToward the beginning of the story Hester is typically seen withlight in her essence but as the book progresses she is seen more indarkness We infer that this is because sin is the darkness and shelet sin be such a meaningful part of her life A different time thatimagery is used is when the narrator says A light gleamed far andwide over all the muffled sky It was doubtless caused by one of thosemeteors which the night-watchers may so often observe burning out towaste in the vacant regions of the atmosphere134 As Dimmesdalewas standing with Hester and Pearl on the scaffold a meteor made aletter A in the night sky To Dimmesdale the meteor was a sign thathe should wear the letter A as a mark of shame just as Hester
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