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My Evaluation of the Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism The symbols help the reader visualize exactly what is happening Three key symbols in the novel are the actual scarlet letter the rosebush and Hesters daughter Pearl The scarlet letter was an important symbol in the novel It symbolizes shame and deceit The scarlet letter was used to show the community what she had done and how she had shamed herself and others It was an embroidered tombstone on her chest The Scarlet Letter was used to show the she would eventually have to repent for her sins The Letter was done in such neat and fine embroidery that all the women in the town were jealous of her stitch work She hath good skill at her needle thats certain remarked one of her female speculators In The Scarlet Letter there was a rosebush that bloomed outside the prison It showed that there was beauty in even the darkest of places It bloomed even though its surroundings were not all that great It was important it gave Hester strength to endure all odds and it showed her that even the most beautiful things could survive in the darkest of places The rosebush by a strange chance has been kept alive in history Pearl was Hester Prynnes daughter Through all of the controversy she stayed her mothers treasure Many citizens of the town believed that Pearl was the Devils child but Hester knew better Pearl symbolized the strength and blood in Hesters veins She was important in every aspect to Hester and to Hesters trial Pearl was her mothers treasure For so Hester called her not as a name expressive of her aspect which had nothing of the calm white unimpassioned luster that would be indicated by the comparison But she named the infant Pearl as being of great price-purchased with all she had-her mothers only treasure The Scarlet Letter was
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