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Some stories contain one main theme andor symbol whereas others may containmany themes andor symbols There were many themes and symbols found throughoutThe Scarlet Letter The main symbol in the story was the letter A which identifiedHester as an adulterer This symbol directly correlates with one of the themes in the storyThe theme was Be true to yourself and deny not the chance to bear the burden andHester Prynne was a Puritan woman who committed adultery Because sheadmitted her guilt she was made to stand upon a scaffold daily and be ridiculed by thetownspeople Also she was made to wear a scarlet A which she had sewn for herselfWearing the A there was no escaping or denying her sin Be true to yourself and deny not the chance to bear the burden and recognition ofyour sins was a theme in the story Her actions directly correlate to this theme She did notdeny the fact that she had a child outside of her marriage She admitted it to herself and tothe people of her village Also she wore her letter proudly She was not ashamed that shehad loved another because her love was real She was not ashamed that she had this childout of wedlock because the child was created in love and her love for the child was alsoreal She allowed others to see her for who she was an adulterer She recognized her sinsand dealt with the consequences Her recognition not the fact that she stood on thescaffold and dealt with others opinions was really her redemption If she had not been ableto recognize her sin and carry the burden for it she may have punished herself far morethan the people would ever be able to If you are not able to look at yourself and becontent the positive words of others are meaningless Because she was able to evaluatethe situation and deal with it within herself she was able to accept and move
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