Scarlet Letter Symbolism

Scarlet Letter Symbolism

Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter

Pearl is a great example of symbolism in The Scarlet Letter. In chapter six when Hester is talking about her daughter Pearl, of The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne says, ?in giving her existence a great law had been broken.? Since Pearl was born, she was actually the scarlet letter, because if Pearl had never have been borne, Hester would have never been found guilty of adultery, and would have never had to wear such a burden on her chest. Also, in chapter six. it shows Pearl?s fascination of the scarlet letter and seems to torture her mother by playing with it. Pearl symbolized God?s way of punishing Hester for adultery. On page 61 in The Scarlet Letter, when Pearl is being explained as an innocent child, Hawthorne writes ?a lovely and immortal flower.? Pearl, to Hester, was a flower, at sometimes she was very happy, joyful, and full of life and color but on other days she was ?wilting? which brought Hester much grief. In The Scarlet Letter it shows how if a person sins against God, he/ she will pay for what they did, even through that particular

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