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This virtually flawless essay indicates the profound abstract symbolism of the letter A other than Adultery There are 3 different points that I argue along with verbatim excerpts from the story supporting my interpretations Excellent intro and outro What does the Letter A Symbolize In Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter the letter A serves as obviously a direct reference to the adulterous act that forms the overlay for the story However further analysis reveals many more meanings represented by that most infamous of letters meanings which provide multi-layered insight into this classic parable of Puritan morality The letter is a metaphor for Hester Prynnes daughter Pearl - the living manifestation of her mothers sin The letter also can be seen as a representation of Hesters redeeming steadfastness which comes to designate her as Able A third interpretation of the letter can be found by viewing it as a symbol of the collective hypocrisy towards sin existing in society as a whole These particular translations of the meaning of the scarlet letter as a symbol reflect the main themes of the book and represent its statement which is still relevant today Pearl is by far the most unique character in the story Her persona reflects vastly on her living embodiment of her mothers sin Often described as mean and anti-social mainly to the community can be interpreted as that Pearls reason for existence is strictly to make known the shameful secret of her birth and to cause her mother much pain and strife Hawthorne bluntly describes her as a witch or the devils child Hester also refuses to reveal the true meaning of the Embroidered letter that she wears This is symbolic because until she knows what the letter means she is unable to decode who she really is Her role as a living manifestation of the scarlet letter can be interpreted as that she is to announce the
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