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Sunlight darkness brightness shadow these are the things that according to the Bible God created on the first day of creation Sunlight represents liveliness and merriment and darkness represents death and sorrow The Scarlet Letter has continuous examples of these and most of them take place in two very important but very different scenes in the midst of the novel The market place is one of these settings that has sun shining down on it showing off its possessions The forest is the other main environment but this place is secret and full of darkness except for an occasional ray of light The main characters in this book are either explained to the reader as one who attracts brightness or one who repels it It is said many times in The Scarlet Letter that Hester Prynne has a dark presence about her but her daughter Pearl is in abundance with the sunshine An example of this is when Hester says to Pearl No my little Pearl Thou must gather thine own sunshine I have none to give thee Even Hesters tombstone gives off a dark feeling more so than any other grave does So sombre is it and relieved only by one ever glowing point of light gloomier than the shadow On a field sable the letter A gules The Reverend Mr Arthur Dimmesdale is somewhere between the gleam of his daughter Pearl and the darkness of his lover Hester He is so far from both of them that he is never described in the novel as bright dark or even a pale middle The gloomiest character of all is Hesters old and frail husband Roger Chillingworth When he is described in chapter 15 questions are asked about his demeanor One thing that is asked to the reader about Chillingworth that implies his dark existence is was therea circle of ominous shadow moving along with his deformity whichever way he turned himself
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