The Scarlet Letter Motifs

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  • Clothing is a Motif because it can represent the characters traits and characteristics 
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  • "Her mother, in contriving the child's garb, had allowed the gorgeous tendencies of her imagination their full play; arraying her in a crimson velvet tunic, of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold-thread."
  • Darkness represents Dimmesdale's hidden sin which has not been confessed or revealed yet. "No eye could see him, save that ever-wakeful one which had seen him in his closet, wielding the bloody scourge."
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  • Daylight represents Hester's sin but instead of it being hidden, it is open and revealed so that everybody knows.
  • "The scene was not without a mixture of awe, such as must always invest the spectacle of guilt and shame in a fellow creature"
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