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Symbolism is the use of concrete symbols to display a deeper more detailed meaning In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne employs many symbols that demonstrate a deeper sense The most obvious symbol is the scarlet A that Hester is required to wear as punishment for the adultery she was accused of The use of sunshine to display goodness and purity illustrates a strong symbol throughout the novel Pearl the daughter of Hester and Dimmesdale is the strongest and most mystifying symbol in the novel In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne uses these symbols to give the reader an observation and a view on the way that the Puritan society is affected by sin The title of the novel The Scarlet Letter is symbolism along with the many symbols in the actual text Hester is required to wear an embroidered letter A on her clothes as punishment for her sin Hester and the townspeople see this as a serious sentence Hawthorne shows Hesters outlook of her punishment by writing she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter and even touched it with her finger to assure herself that the infant and shame were real The initial perception of the reader is that the A stands for adultery the sin that Hester committed This ruling was intended for the public to know of Hesters sin and treat her accordingly Society condemns her for her act and they know little more of her The A actually has a more abstract meaning It could mean American At the time America was more religion based than it is today The Puritan way of life affects Boston as well as many other regions of America Americans were punished harshly for acting against the Christian religion Another meaning for the letter A could be able The view of the townspeople changed Hester proved that she was a strong able women by living a life being condemned by society and having little
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