The Scarlet Letter : Signs Of Guilt, Shame, Sin, And Redemption

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, signs of guilt, shame, sin, and redemption occur many times, but especially through the symbols of roses and rosebushes. Hester Prynne, the main sinner, is represented by these roses bushes when she walks out of the jail and a rosebush is flourishing. Through the novel Pearl and Hester are both referred to as “a wild rose-bush” at some point (Hawthorne 46). Unlike her mother, Pearl is not a sinner, but merely a symbol of Hester’s sin. Pearl also is represented by the rosebush outside of the jail, and she is also represented by the roses that she desperately cries for at the Governor’s house. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the roses and rosebushes suggest that a beautiful redemption can come for sinners who overcome sin, guilt, and shame, exemplified by Hester Prynne and Pearl through the rosebushes and roses at both the prison and Governor’s house. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is a sinful girl in the Puritan community represented by a rose and rosebush. Throughout the novel, roses and rosebushes not only represent Hester’s sin, shame, and guilt, but also her redemption. The red color of the roses represents the sin of adultery Hester has committed, and because of that she must wear a symbol of her adultery, the scarlet letter, across her chest, which is red like the roses. The roses also represent her much loved child, Pearl, because the roses stood outside when Pearl went outside for the first time. Since…

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