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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne delivers a powerful novel invokedwith symbolism Centered on Hester a woman branded with a scarlet A as a markfor adultery much of the Scarlet Letters symbolism grows from the cruel and shamefulletter The A symbolizes the walking emblem of shame Hawthorne 6 Throughoutthe novel the brand of disgust evolves around the characters influenced by Hesterincluding her illegitimate child Pearl Even Pearl is subject to the shame her mother hasbore and is also shunned from the strict Puritan society The close of the novel revealsthat the symbol has given Hester strength to redeem her sin rather then brake her spirits The adulterous mark is almost replaced by the community as able due to Hesters deedsScarlet Letter also uses natures flowers as a way to symbolize growth in thenovel The opening chapter describes a rosebush growing by the prison It shows howeven a beautiful flower like the rose can be judged as sacrificial with its petals near thejail This relates to Hester as her beautiful character is judged by sin not by actionsLater in the novel Chillingworth Hesters husband expresses to let the black flowerblossom as it may Hawthorne 14 This reoccurrence of the flower shows howChillingworth accepts his tortuous soul The flowers bloom is a direct symbol for thegrowth of character in Scarlet LetterClothing is a final source Hawthorne uses to symbolize In chapter 7 Pearl isdressed in a red gown with gold trim The dress of Pearl is almost identical to the brandHester must endure with her scarlet brand Chillington is dressed in black which gives aninsight into his sinister character as revealed in chapter 14 Also the use of bright colorlike red and gold expresses how different Hester and Pearl are viewed by the Puritansociety which mainly dresses in plain emotionless colors The brand of sin is reflected inall the aspects of Hesters life which show how clothing in Scarlet Letter drasticallyHawthornes Scarlet Letter gives a tremendous
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