Theme, Symbols, And Themes In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter is an intriguing book that shows you how one event in your life can make you look like a plague or unappealing. It also shows how hypocritical people can be. Throughout most of the book the people sin, but they assume it’s alright since Hester’s is worse. This helps develop the story, symbols, and theme that is displayed throughout the book.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter using a descriptive, narrative style. Hawthorne chose this style to intricately explain a difficult topic: Adultery. The descriptiveness of the story is needed to see all the details of Hester’s sin and what her life is like afterwards. By describing the Scarlet Letter as being bright and bold across Hester’s chest it shows you how ashamed
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Since she was born from the “crime” that was committed, Pearl is also seen as different. When Pearl is young, Hester sees that Pearl, like herself, is hard headed and a rule breaker. An example of this is when she and her mother are by the brook and Pearl washes away the kiss the minister gave her. (“Pearl broke away from her mother, and, running to the brook, stooped over it, and bathed her forehead, until the unwelcome kiss was quite washed off…”) (pg. 163) Pearl is seen more as a symbol than a real character. Pearl shows Hester both sides of the “crime” she committed: the good and the evil. Pearl is Hester’s other reminder of what she has done, but Pearl is also the reason why Hester is still here and why she leans more into her faith than …show more content…
If there was a true love here, Roger would have accepted Hester for what she did since she did it thinking he was dead. Another memorable quote is Minister Dimmesdale’s farewell speech. He says, “Praised be his name! His will be done!” (pg. 206) This shows that Minister Dimmesdale still believes that God is high and he also believes that even though he sinned; God’s will is still

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