Okay class. Everyone please open The Scarlet Letter to chapter 18.
I can't wait to go to Europe with you Hester!!!
Why doesn't the sun ever shine on you mommy? Is it scared of your letter or something?
"The stigma gone, Hester heaved a long, deep sigh, in which the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit. O exquisite relief! She had not known the weight, until she felt freedom!"
Wow!! I didn’t know the extent of my pain until I finally threw it off me (pun intended;))
Innocent Pearl is just asking an innocent question not realizing that the answer is literally right in front of her. That answer being, because of Hester's sin with Dimmesdale, which she's carrying through by potentially going to Europe with him, is the reason the sun is "scared of her letter" and won't shine on her.
Nature is amazing... Just as easily as society placed blame and shame on me, nature took that blame and let it float away, putting me back on equal playing field with my peers.
Look mommy!! There's the SUN!
After Hester removed her letter the burden of her sin that was physically put on her dress and emotionally brought on her by society “departed from her spirit."
Now I want you all to think.... What's your equivalent of Hester's A?
Hester throws her scarlet letter on the ground! This is symbolic because her actions now, with Dimmesdale, are the opposite of what the scarlet letter was originally made to represent. Hester is throwing away the reputation that the A placed on her.
Society is what put Hester in the state of stress she was experiencing. When she threw those worries into nature, nature took them away and gave her brightness, in the form of "flooding" sunlight, in return.