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Jack Klotz Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is very good at using symbolism in the book the scarlet letter The dictionary states that symbolism is something that is or something else This paper will explain what the symbols the A Pearl and the Scaffold in the scarlet letter mean Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel especially through the scarlet letter A The A is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel In the beginning of the novel the scarlet letter A is viewed as a symbol of sin The middle of the novel is a transition period where the scarlet letter A is viewed differently In the commencement of the novel the letter is taken as a label of punishment and sin Hester Prynne bears the label of the letter upon her chest She stands as a label of an outcast in front of society She is wearing this symbol to burden her with punishment throughout her life She stands on a plank where her punishment is given Thus she will be a living sermon against sin until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone59 Society places its blames upon this woman It is because of this one letter that Hesters life is changed The letters meaning in Puritan society banishes her from her normal life In the middle of the novel is a transition period where the letter A is viewed differently than before In this section of the novel Hesters appearance is altered to where she is no longer seen as a person of sin The letter changes from a symbol of sin to a more vague symbol Society now sees Hester as a person who is strong yet bears a symbol which differs herself At this point Hester has learned to deal with the letter She has grown stronger from it
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