Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter. Symbolism Is The Use Of

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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter
Symbolism is the use of an object, character, or event to represent something else. Nathaniel Hawthorne, without a doubt, uses symbolism throughout the course of the novel, The Scarlet Letter. The novel takes place in a Puritan community in present-day Boston. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and Pearl are the main characters. They all have major roles and without them, the novel would not be the same. Hester Prynne; married to Roger Chillingworth, had a baby named Pearl out of wedlock with a man named Dimmesdale. Because Hester was married, herself and Dimmesdale have now committed adultery and that is the main cause of a lot of the major events that take place in the novel.
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Since everyone knew about Hester and her transgression, she was treated as an outcast by most which is where the lifetime of humiliation comes in. For instance, Hawthorne stated that people saw Hester as “the reality of sin” and “woman’s frailty” (Hawthorne 88). Innocent minded children began to think poorly of Hester because of what their parents told them about her. Hester helped the poor, and instead of treating Hester with respect and kindness, they treated her crudely and disrespectfully. Clergymen stop Hester in the streets and use her as a sermon. Puritan women who believe that Hester should have received a harsher punishment, give Hester vulgar gestures and make impolite remarks. In spite of the poor treatment and loneliness, Hester stayed content and just “turned the other cheek.” She was focused on her needlework and on Pearl. Hester was even limited in her needlework, she could not embroider the white veil in which a bride wears on her wedding day. This is because of the, “ever relentless vigor with which society frowned upon her sin” (Hawthorne 92). With all of the harsh treatment and separation from society, this is why for Hester, the scarlet letter “A” not only stands for adultery, but also as a lifetime of humiliation.
Now that Hester and her perception of the “A” has been discussed, her ‘partner in crime’ Arthur Dimmesdale must now be
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