Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Throughout, “The Scarlet Letter,” Hawthorne is able to enhance the plot by intricately incorporating symbols which represent a deeper meaning. One of which, is the infamous, and ambiguous, scarlet letter that lays upon the bosom of Hester Prynne. In the beginning of the book, the audience is immediately introduced to the scarlet letter as a symbol of shame and adultery. The narrator describes the Puritan society as very judgemental and harsh. Comments like, “This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die,” creates this negative and unwelcoming atmosphere which surrounds Hester for a majority of the book. From then on, the Puritans constantly refer to the scarlet letter as representing the dark and evil inside of Hester. The Puritan society constantly suppresses the light and good spirit that Hester once encompassed. However, it is clear that Hawthorne has created alternate meaning behind the Scarlet Letter which is open for interpretation by the audience. The scarlet letter means much more than just adultery and sin, it represents Hester 's strength, passion and perseverance throughout the book. Her strength is recognizable, to the audience, from the beginning of the book when Hester refuses to let the Scarlet Letter command what her future and punishment will be. In the second chapter when Hester is first seen and described by the Puritans, the audience witnesses Hester 's first sign of…
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