Some of the symbols in The Scarlet Letter can be hard to keep track of, insomuch that symbols in the novel change as the novel progresses, being always open to interpretation.
One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing.
In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester, for her sins, received a scarlet letter, "A" which she had to wear upon her chest. This was the Puritan way of treating her as a criminal, for the crime of adultery.
The Puritan treatment continued, because as Hester would walk through the streets, she would be looked down upon as if she were some sort of demon from Hell, that committed a terrible crime. This would give her much mental anguish and grief. This punishment handed down from God was a constant mental and physical reminder to Hester of what she had done wrong, and she could not escape it.
Pearl would harass her mother over the scarlet "A" which she wore. When Hester would go into the town with Pearl, the other children would make fun of her, and Pearl would yell and throw dirt at them.
Although Hester had so much trouble with Pearl, she still felt that Pearl was her treasure. Pearl really symbolized a rose to her mother, at some times she could be bright and vibrant, and really love her mother, but at other times, she could be wilting.
It was at these times when she was "wilting" that brought Hester the most grief. One final way in which Pearl symbolized something in the novel was with her association with the scarlet letter. Pearl really was the scarlet letter, because if Pearl had never been born, Hester would have never been found guilty of adultery, and thus never would have had to wear that burden upon her chest.
Without that burden, Hester would have led a much better life then the one she had throughout the novel.
In closing, Pearl was a source of many different kinds of symbolism. From being a rose, to representing the scarlet letter "A", she was a kind of burden, yet love for Hester.The Puritans mean for the scarlet letter to be a symbol of Hester 's shame. But the narrator describes the letter as a "mystic symbol" that means many things.
But the narrator describes the letter as a "mystic symbol" that means many things.
- The Symbolism of the Letter in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter "A". The "A" is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel.
Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. The Scarlet Letter. The scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, but instead it becomes a powerful symbol of identity to Hester. The scaffold scenes are one of the most dramatic structuring devices in The Scarlet Letter.
They provide a framework for the entire novel and help highlight the. The following emphasize important aspects of the novel. The Scarlet Letter - Initially affixed as a punishment for adultery, the scarlet letter means different things as the novel progresses.
At first it means adultery.
Then it means able. Its meaning then becomes indefinite. It is eventually looked on as a symbol of strength. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne used symbolism to show the importance of or the meaning of many things. It is demonstrated throughout the entirety of the novel.