The Scarlet Letter Symbolism
The Scarlet Letter Symbolism / Symbols in The Scarlet Letter
Like Hester, the rosebush stands out at a thing of beauty in a sea of gray. What Hester has done is against the expectations of the Puritan town of Boston. Against all odds, the rosebush has flourished against a prison, a symbol of hope against one of despair.
The scaffold is the scene of Hester's shame, her and Dimmesdale's connection with Pearl as a family (and where Chillingworth realizes this connection), and where their dreams are crushed as Dimmesdale dies after his final sermon and confession.
THE LETTER "A"
While the letter "A" initially stood for adultery and was the ever-present reminder of Hester's sin, it soon came known to the townspeople as meaning "Able" because Hester was so humble and helped many with her sewing. A meteor shooting over the town on the night of Governor Winthrop's death came to mean "Angel", but the readers know it represented this little family, united for the first time.
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