Essay about Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '
In the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter, readers are introduced to the symbol of the rosebush outside the prison door. It’s the reader’s first look at the theme of the Puritan society versus nature. While the door is described as “heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes,” and meant to symbolize the severe judgement of the society Hester lives in, the rosebush represents the forgiving and sympathetic nature of the forest surrounding the town. Hawthorne purposely starts the novel with this image of the rosebush outside of the prison door to set the scene for the struggle between nature and the Puritan society, the struggle between forgiveness and punishment.
Throughout the second chapter, Hawthorne begins to express the meaning of the letter “A” to the reader, and how sin should be called up and revealed, allowing the sin to be punished publicly. Both the scaffold and the prison doors are located at center locations of the town to show how sin should be dealt with publicly. Publicity was to help the sinner, and use the sin to help others and set an example for them. The aspect of the sin was used to help protect the community. “On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A,” the letter was so beautiful yet meant so much shame. Hester embroidered and illuminated the scarlet letter as a type of pride.
Reflection #2: Chapters 3-4…