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The Scarlet Letter The book The Scarlet Letter is all about symbolism People and objects are symbolic of events and thoughts Throughout the course of the book Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester Pearl and Arthur Dimmesdale to signify Puritanic and Romantic philosophies Hester Prynne through the eyes of the Puritans is an extreme sinner she has gone against the Puritan ways committing adultery For this irrevocably harsh sin she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life However the Romantic philosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs She is a beautiful young woman who has sinned but is forgiven Hawthorne portrays Hester as divine maternity and she can do no wrong Not only Hester but the physical scarlet letter a Puritanical sign of disownment is shown through the authors tone and diction as a beautiful gold and colorful piece Pearl Hesters child is portrayed Puritanically as a child of sin who should be treated as such ugly evil and shamed The reader more evidently notices that Hawthorne carefully and sometimes not subtly at all places Pearl above the rest She wears colorful clothes is extremely smart pretty and nice More often than not she shows her intelligence and free thought a trait of the Romantics One of Pearls favorite activities is playing with flowers and trees The reader will recall that anything affiliated with the forest was evil to Puritans To Hawthorne however the forest was beautiful and natural And she was gentler here the forest than in the grassy- margined streets of the settlement or in her mothers cottage The flowers appeared to know it194 Pearl fit in with natural things Also Pearl is always effervescent and joyous which is definitely a negative to the Puritans Pearl is a virtual shouting match between the Puritanical views and the Romantic ways To most but especially the Puritans one of the most important members of a community is
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