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The Scarlet Letter is story about Hestor Prynne who wears colorful clothes is extremely smart pretty and nice She is a woman who commits a sin and is filled with many feelings including pride surrounding the sin which she committed Many of those around Hestors sin reflect similar emotions and feelings Hawthorne positions many images throughout The Scarlet Letter using color as the main way to convey them Hawthorne uses the colors red black and white to represent Hestors emotions and the emotions of those around her The most frequently employed color symbol by Hawthorne is red Red most obviously represents Hestors sin as shown by her scarlet A she is forced to wear Her scarlet letter like her sin is something she must always deal with and is something she can never escape Pearl the product of Hestors sin is usually dressed in red clothing representing the sin Pearl is also called the names Ruby Coral or red Rose and a little bird of scarlet plumage further extending Pearl as a red representation of Hestors sin Red is employed by Hawthorne to show passion and sensuality The sin is also represented by the letter A being formed in the sky by meteors and an A appearing on Reverend Dimmesdales chest The first encounter with red is the description of a wild red rosebush growing outside the prison where Hestor was imprisoned This is representing Hestors pride and passion growing in a place not fitting similar to how Hestors passion did not fit in with the Puritan society As the sunlight shines through a red and yellow window in the governors house a red light shines throughout the room This is symbolizing Hestors passion spreading throughout the Puritan society Hawthorne also uses black and darkness as symbols throughout The Scarlet Letter Black is used to represent evil and hiding Hawthorne calls the prison the black flower of civilized the Puritan society which denotes it as
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