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Within such a plethora of excellent Puritan literature The Scarlet Letter stands out because of the exquisite use of literary techniques for enrichment throughout One of these techniques is the use of characters as symbols to procreate the message of the story within the simple narrative of the daily travails of the characters This method of enhancing prose appears throughout many popular works from every sector or division of modern literature Three examples of symbolic characters from the book are that of Roger symbolizing vengeance the kind young woman symbolizing hope and Pearl symbolizing the nature of hidden sin One character in the story that is symbolic is Roger Hesters husband He is the symbol of a life consumed with revenge When the reader first meets Roger he is a mostly normal man He was small in stature with a furrowed visage which as yet could hardly be termed aged There was a remarkable intelligence in his features The only unusual trait of his is a slight deformity of the shoulder He is an intelligent man who spends most of his time reading When Roger finds out that Hester has been unfaithful to him he vows to take revenge on the man who sinned with her Later he finds out that the man is Minister Arthur Dimmesdale and meticulously plots revenge His life becomes consumed with the carrying out of his revenge He himself sins as he tries to destroy Arthurs soul Roger soon comes to resemble the devil He even notices this similarity in himself He says I have already told thee what I am A fiend Hester also says that she pities him for the hatred that has transformed a wise and just man to a fiend Each of them recognize that Rogers life centered around hatred and revenge have made him like the devil The symbol working in Roger living to destroy shows that tearing down another person causes as much damage
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