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Symbolism is applied and represented in various forms in the novel The Scarlet Letter Within The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the use of symbolism to expose a deeper meaning in the story The first and most obvious symbol that Hawthorne displays is the embroidery of the letter A given to Hester to wear as a reminder to the town of her adultery that she has blatantly committed The second symbol is revealed in Chapter XII when a meteor in the form of a letter A lights up the night sky Finally Hawthorne reveals symbolism in the scaffold where many of the important plot points take place There are many other uses of symbolism in the novel but these are the main ones The Letter A is a major form of symbolism within The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne establishes that Hester the main character within the play receives embroidery of the letter A to mark her as an adulteress The letters meaning shifts as time passes At first the A is a symbol of shame but as the story progresses the shameful A becomes her powerful form of identity The community started to form a different meaning for the scarlet letter which is ability In the thirteenth chapter Hawthorne states The letter was the symbol of her calling Such helpfulness was found in her so much power to do and power to sympathize that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification They said that it meant Able so strong was Hester Prynne with a womans strength 134 The letters meaning clearly changes when the Native Americans come to watch the Election Day pageant and think the A marks Hester as a person of importance The scarlet letter was ineffective and had not done its office 137 While Dimmesdale stands on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl in Chapter XII a meteor outlines the letter A in the night
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