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Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism several times in the book The Scarlet Letter Some examples of this are when they talk of the scaffold the brook the forest and the sunshine The one that I will discuss is the sunshine Hawthorne uses sunshine in the novel to symbolize purity and hope several times throughout the bookIn one scene of the book Pearl requests that Hester grab some sunshine and give it to her to play with Hester then replies No my little Pearl Thou must gather thine own sunshine I have none to give thee p104 Hester has no sunshine to give Pearl because she has committed adultery and is not pureAnother example is when Hester and Pearl are taking a walk through the forest when a dark cloud came over the sky and Pearl saidMother said little Pearl the sunshine does not love you It runs away and hides itself because it is afraid of something on your bosom Pearl says this just innocently playing around not having a clue of exactly how right she is She says that the sun fears the A and avoids the impurity of it at all costs even disappearing from the skyLater in that walk Hawthorne again shows how the sun refuses to be around Hester and her sin Hester tells Pearl to run off and catch the sun and so she sets off at a great pace and in her innocence she seemingly catches it and stands right in the midst of it Hester comes over and attempts to come over bask in the sunshine and Pearl says while shaking her head It will go now Hester replies See Now I can stretch out my hand and grasp some of it but As she attempted to do so the sunshine vanished This shows how the sun being pure adorned the Pearl in her innocence while it shunned Hester for her impurityHawthorne shows the symbol of sunshine best in
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