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In the Scarlet Letter the author uses many different types of symbols The different settings of the story are ways in which he describes his environment and how it has treated him as a child One symbol he uses a lot was the scarlet letter The scarlet letter takes on different meanings as the course of the story progresses It also takes on various appearances and symbolism In the Scarlet Letter there are many different forms of the letter A not only that but the letter A also acquires a variety of meanings The letter A appears in a variety of forms and appearances It is the elaborately gold-embroidered A on Hesters heart at which Pearl throws wildflowers Later the A on her breast is decorated by Pearl with a border of prickly burrs from a tall burdock which grew beside the tomb p138 On the night of his vigil Dimmesdale sees a shooting star shaped like the letter A In chapter 15 Pearl puts some type of seaweed on the letter A to look like a green A on her own chest Later on the scaffold Dimmesdale declares that on his breast he bears the sign of his sin which is shaped like the letter A and confesses that he is Pearls father And at the end of the story there is a reference to the scarlet A against the black background on Hester and Dimmesdales grave As the story progresses the letter A acquires a variety of meanings The scarlet letter has different personal meanings for the characters For the Puritan community it is a mark of just punishment For Hester it symbolizes humility For Dimmesdale it is a reminder of his sin that he is the guilty one For Chillingworth it is some sort of motivation for revenge For Pearl it is already a part of her life She was the scarlet letter endowed with life Hester was able to overcome
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