Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Symbols can be used in any type of literary text. Whether it is a short poem, or a novel or an epic, symbol can be used throughout to show a deeper meaning within the text. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, is no different. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne uses a multitude of various symbol to allow the reader to interpret many different aspects of the novel in different ways. Hawthorne’s brilliance in the use of symbol even extends into the names of his characters, such as Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. At first, the meaning of the names of the characters is not exceedingly conspicuous, however, by the end of the novel, it is evident to the reader that the names hold a much deeper meaning than in most novels. Nevertheless, the most influential symbol of the entire text is used not only in the story, but also in the title, Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter, the A. For the duration of the text, the scarlet letter holds many different meanings as a symbol, among these include adultery, ableness, and a sum of whom Hester Prynne truly is.

Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter holds many meanings throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, one of the most recognizable, to both the reader and the other characters, would be adultery. At the beginning of the novel, the reader is filled in on many actions which have taken place within the past few months. It is learned that Hester Prynne has had an affair with a man from the village while in wedlock to a husband who has…

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