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Utilized as the classic metaphor light and dark represents good and evil However in his book The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthornes usage of light and dark as a metaphor is an aberration from the classic Throughout the novel Hawthorne uses sunlight and darkness in recurring events He plays with his words carefully adding underlying symbolism in order to make the unfolding of the plot more complex and intricate Sunlight exemplifies passion or love and also presents truth and confession Darkness embodies amoral secrecy In chapter 2 The Market Place Hester Prynne stood upon the scaffold in humiliation for her acts of fornication The sunlight shines brightly down on the town Having confessed to her adultery Hester exposed the truth and brought it to light The next scaffold scene took place in chapter 12 The Ministers Vigil Within this scene Reverend Dimmesdale overcome with the guilt of his adulterous act stood on the scaffold hidden by the dark of the night The lack of sunlight in this scene is a symbol of the ministers concealed secret While Hester was forced to stand in shame before a large crowd the minister stood alone and therefore did not bear the pain of looks of ignominy Nonetheless when on the scaffold in chapter 23 The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter Mr Dimmesdale ultimately confessed his sin to the townspeople and revealed the letter A on his chest In this scene the sun was once again shining upon them for the truth had been unveiled Throughout the plot in times of confession and truth the sun blazed brightly in the setting In times of secrecy the sun was either hidden or non-existent in the scenes setting Hawthorne also used the sunshine and darkness as symbols for passion and love When Pearl asked her mother to gather for her some sunshine Hester retorted that she had none to give and therefore must gather her own Due to the fact
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