However, there is no highlight on her clothes, and there is no light under the table. These negative spaces swallow the light, and are what makes the work so unsettling. Every child at some point is afraid of what is under the bed, but as one grows those fears change. The one thing that doesn’t change is how that fear, shrouded in darkness, makes us feel like we may be consumed by the feeling of despair and emptiness. The woman’s hair is falling out of frame, bringing her into our world.
Unquestionably, one thing that had a significant impact on Hester Prynne was her punishment for adultery; having to wear the scarlet letter A. This also made an impact on how Hester mothered Pearl. Pearl was also impacted by her mother having to wear the A. The character of Hester Prynne is quite complex. Her character is influenced and impacted significantly because of her punishment of having to wear the scarlet letter.
Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a multitude of imagery and symbolism to serve as metaphors for different themes in his novel The Scarlet Letter. The theme sin versus guilt, appears often throughout the novel. It is often accompanied by the symbol of the scarlet letter, serving as a constant reminder of the guilt each of the main characters carry, as a result of the sins they have committed. Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale each carry the burden of living a tainted life, being that they have all committed a sin. Hester and Dimmesdale both committed the ultimate sin of adultery.
The sin and punishment, in the novel, demonstrates Hawthorne’s thoughts on Puritan beliefs. Hawthorne’s story presented an accurate representation of society at that time and provides the perfect foundation to express his criticism of Puritan ideals and beliefs. The symbol of the scarlet letter, worn by women that commit adultery, was manipulated by Hawthorne to question the Puritan world, and whether their faith and punishments are just and fair. The scarlet letter was supposed to shame the women that wore them, but with Hester Prynne the letter became a symbol of her courage and resilience. By giving his heroine the courage to stand and to face her punishment, Hawthorne pointed out that some of the Puritan punishments were harsh and unnecessary.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the secrets of sin show the differences in multiple perspectives of how people deal with their inner mysteries. The continuing theme of secrets impacts the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of a character’s personality. The time period is important to note and holds a great deal of importance. The act of committing adultery during the time of Colonial America is especially devilish
This is the ideology of Nathaniel Hawthorne author of The Scarlet Letter. In this book, Hawthorne details an elaborate story showing the consequences of confessing sins in contrast to concealing it. A sin weighing down on you and destroying you from the inside out is a moral consequence and, the only remedy is confessing the sin. This notion can be seen in the difference between Hester and Dimmesdale with how they handled the scarlet letter and the effects of that. Hester had worn her scarlet letter out for the public to see from the very beginning.
The use of the vibrant color red is used throughout the book The Scarlet Letter due to the fact that the color red is associated with "passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure." (Color Matters). The Scarlet Letter is a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel where the main character Hester Prynne commits adultery and is condemned to wear a scarlet letter A. Nathaniel Hawthorne's unique use of symbols is evident throughout the book as he gives simple everyday things, like the letter A, a rose bush, and the colors black and red, moral meaning to help the reader comprehend the content of the story. The letter A Hester Prynne is ordered to wear is meant to be a form of public shame. In the beginning, it stands for "adulterer" and the
Symbolism is a great literary device used to enhance a piece of writing by taking a particular object and giving it an entirely different meaning that is much more significant than what the object actually is. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, written in 1850, the author uses many symbols throughout the book to reflect Dark Romantic themes and conflicts and to show the Puritan way of life. Three important symbols that Hawthorne refers to repeatedly throughout the book are the scaffold, the scarlet letter, and Pearl, being a child of nature. Scaffolds in a Puritan society were used to publically embarrass sinners and criminals. This was first seen in The Scarlet Letter in Chapters 1-3 when the protagonist Hester Prynne stood on the scaffold before the people of the Puritan society.
The Scarlet Letter Symbols can have many different meanings varying from a group of people to the sins an individual has committed. In many works of literature symbols are used to stand for something that’s deeper than the object or person itself. This is seen when Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbols as a way describing the atmosphere, events, and that are taking place in The Scarlet Letter. To begin with, the most distinct of the symbolism used in The Scarlet Letter is the letter A embroidered on Hester Prynne's bosom. Hester Prynne was forced by the magistrate to bear the letter A at all times Hawthorne describes it as, “It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself”(Hawthorne 52).
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter, shows how badly people were treated for committed a sin in that time period. The main character, Hester Prynne committed lechery and in puritan society, which was very closely related to religion breaking the commandment that forbid adultery earned a very big punishment. It was even worse for Hester because she ended up conceiving a child. One way Hester was shunned by people was by having to wear the scarlet letter that would bring her public shame. Hester knew that because of the letter “young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin”