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The book The Scarlet Letter is all about symbolism People and objects aresymbolic of events and thoughts Throughout the course of the book NathanielHawthorne uses Hester Pearl and Arthur Dimmesdale to signify Puritanic andHester Prynne through the eyes of the Puritans is an extreme sinner shehas gone against the Puritan ways committing adultery For this irrevocablyharsh sin she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life Howeverthe Romantic philosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs She isa beautiful young woman who has sinned but is forgiven Hawthorne portraysHester as divine maternity and she can do no wrong Not only Hester butthe physical scarlet letter a Puritanical sign of disownment is shownthrough the authors tone and diction as a beautiful gold and colorful piecePearl Hesters child is portrayed Puritanically as a child of sin whoshould be treated as such ugly evil and shamed The reader more evidentlynotices that Hawthorne carefully and sometimes not subtly at all placesPearl above the rest She wears colorful clothes is extremely smart prettyand nice More often than not she shows her intelligence and free thought atrait of the Romantics One of Pearls favorite activities is playing withflowers and trees The reader will recall that anything affiliated with theforest was evil to Puritans To Hawthorne however the forest was beautifuland natural And she was gentler here the forest than in the grassy-margined streets of the settlement or in her mothers cottage The flowersappeared to know it 194 Pearl fit in with natural things Also Pearl isalways effervescent and joyous which is definitely a negative to thePuritans Pearl is a virtual shouting match between the Puritanical views andTo most but especially the Puritans one of the most important members of acommunity is the religious leader Arthur Dimmesdale is no exception He washeld above the rest and this is proven in one of the first scenes of thebook As Hester is above the townspeople on a scaffold Dimmesdale GovernorWilson
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