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The Scarlet Letter Symbolism

The Scarlet Letter Symbolism

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The Scarlet Letter Symbolism / Symbols in The Scarlet Letter

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  • 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.
  • 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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