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The Scarlet Letter The book The Scarlet Letter is all about symbolism People andobjects are symbolic of events and thoughts Throughout thecourse of the book Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester Pearl andArthur Dimmesdale to signify Puritanic and Romantic philosophies Hester Prynne through the eyes of the Puritans is an extremesinner she has gone against the Puritan ways committingadultery For this irrevocably harsh sin she must wear a symbolof shame for the rest of her life However the Romanticphilosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs She isa beautiful young woman who has sinned but is forgivenHawthorne portrays Hester as divine maternity and she can do nowrong Not only Hester but the physical scarlet letter aPuritanical sign of disownment is shown through the authorstone and diction as a beautiful gold and colorful piece Pearl Hesters child is portrayed Puritanically as a child ofsin who should be treated as such ugly evil and shamed Thereader more evidently notices that Hawthorne carefully andsometimes not subtly at all places Pearl above the rest Shewears colorful clothes is extremely smart pretty and niceMore often than not she shows her intelligence and free thoughta trait of the Romantics One of Pearls favorite activities isplaying with flowers and trees The reader will recall thatanything affiliated with the forest was evil to Puritans ToHawthorne however the forest was beautiful and natural Andshe was gentler here the forest than in the grassy-marginedstreets of the settlement or in her mothers cottage Theflowers appeared to know it 194 Pearl fit in with naturalthings Also Pearl is always effervescent and joyous which isdefinitely a negative to the Puritans Pearl is a virtualshouting match between the Puritanical views and the Romantic ways To most but especially the Puritans one of the most importantmembers of a community is the religious leader Arthur Dimmesdaleis no exception He was held above the rest and this is provenin one of the
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