Scarlet Letter

Scarlet Letter

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  • The Scarlet LetterBy Bode DayCoombs
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  • The theme of the Scarlett letter is that people aren't who they are made out to be. 
  • Quote: “Governor Winthrop’s deathbed. I had to measure him for a burial robe, and now I’m heading home” (138).This quote is one of many to show that Hester despite being seen as a sinner and a bad person she is still helpful to people and treats them with care. Hester by her community is seen as a terrible sinner and is treated very poorly. She get judged in front of her entire town and is forced to wear a red "A" on her chest at all times so she is constantly reminded of her adultery crime. This crime in puritan culture was punishable by death so people did not care for her much. She was given the choice to leave town but she decided to stay in the town with her daughter pearl that was seen as the child of Satan. As the book goes on because Hester is so helpful and such a nice person people start to think that the "A" means "Able" or "Angel". That is how it relates to my theme.
  • The letter "A" is a very important symbol in my book and it is also an important symbol to my theme.  The bright red "A" is what Hester is forced to wear for getting pregnant after committing adultery. This symbol represents her sin and the red color shows that it is unholy. The red letter always stays with her and is over her heart so she will never forget her sin. The importance of this letter to my theme is that later on in the book people start to think it means something different such as "Able" and "Angel" because she is so kind and caring for everyone. 
  • A
  • Red shows up all throughout the book and even the title mentions a type of red. The reason red is such an important symbol and important part of the book is because it's a color associated with sin, Satan and because it is a color that burns. The "A" is red to show her sin of adultery and make sure people see that about her. Pearl which is the daughter that came from the adultery is always wearing red and because of this people thing she is a child of the devil. At heart Pearl is just a normal kid which despite wearing a color and being a child of a "sin" does not make her a child of the devil.
  • Red
  • An example of diction appears in the very first sentence of the book. Hawthorne says "A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments, and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes"(pg 1). All of that verbiage was to describe a crowd standing outside a prison looking at the door. The reason he does this is to create as clear as picture as possible. He also uses this setting and describing words sucks as "sad" and "gray" is to give off a gloomy tone and depict a sad setting to the reader. Hawthorne does this very well and I thought this was a great example of diction.
  • Diction
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