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Hawthorne uses color to portray his characters to his readers He uses this method numerous times in The Scarlet Letter For example if he wanted a character to be viewed as a good person he would show them in the light This technique helps the reader view the character in his or her mind Hawthorne uses colors to contrast each other so the readers can differentiate a good character from a bad one Hawthorne uses the colors black and white in governors house when Hester is pleading for pearl to be left with her He depicts Pearl Hester and Dimsdale in the light while he shows Chillingworth Governor Bellingham and Mr Wilson in the dark He shows this contrast to tell you that Chillingworth Bellingham and Wilson want pearl to be taken away from her mother It also shows that Dimsdale isnt bad but good and he wants to help Pearl and Hester This also gives the reader a hint to what is going to happen in the story Another scene is Pearl and Hester walking through town and pearl is in a bright colorful outfit while Hester is in a grayish gloomy outfit This contrast shows the difference in age and how the character is felling It tells the reader that pearl is carefree Hester has bland clothing showing that she is carrying a heavy burden from her sin That is why she is wearing bland clothing and not colorful like pearls I thought that the colors helped me use my imagination to picture the charters in the book and how the acted In doing this I think I had a better understanding of the book In conclusion I think that achieving a better understanding of the charters was Hawthornes goal
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