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The scarlet letter is Hesters passport into regions where other women dare not to tread for fear of being ostracized by the Puritan community This is one symbol used in The Scarlet Letter to illustrate how society affects individuals actions and beliefs Some symbols have a greater impact than others because they hold a deeper more direct meaning Through the use of symbols such as the scarlet letter the scaffold and Pearl Nathaniel Hawthorne makes the conflicts between individuals and society more apparent by proving the superiority of natural law Symbols are used throughout the novel to create a deeper understanding of human natures role in societal judgments Symbols such as the scarlet letter and the scaffold hold multiple meanings while others like Pearl and the rosebush repeat their singular meaning throughout the novel Pearl who claims to be plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grew by the prison-door represents Hester and Dimmesdales love and shame 76 This bush of wild roses is used to represent the sorrow and human frailty caused by their act of love 34 Pearl can also be considered an example of sorrow and human frailty since she is also a emblem and product of sin 64 The scarlet letter on the other hand changes meaning from its original signification of Adultery to Able because Hester Prynne was with a womans strength so strong 111 At times it almost means Honor foreign bond-servants perhaps judging from the glittering symbol in her bosom believed that she was a great lady in the land 71 The scaffold is used by society to represent their system of justice and way of punishment while for Dimmesdale it is portrayed as a place of redemption or where he can go to obtain salvation and get away from the constraints of society Since these man-made symbols of prosecution hold no specific meaning and can even in certain aspects be looked upon as
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