When Hester emerges from the prison, one of the first things the crowd criticizes is the stunning, red letter Hester now wears. The passage reads, “But the point which drew all eyes…was that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom” (51).Now let’s parallel the phrase, “Made with love,” to the Scarlet Letter symbolizing Hester’s love. Hester made the letter with her own hands, and in doing so she used key symbols. Rather than making a plain letter that wouldn’t draw attention, Hester specifically uses the vibrant color red, and also takes great care to make the scarlet letter beautiful. Another piece of evidence that supports this idea appears later in the story when the townsfolk begin thinking of the letter differently.
The first A stands for adultery. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. This is sin that Hester has committed with Dimmesdale. The punishment for her committing this sin is that Hester has to wear the letter A for the rest of her life so that everyone may know what she has done. The second meaning for the A is Angels.
With an unstable government and constant war and loss, Marjane’s innocence was stolen from her early on. As the recurring themes of nationalism, social classes, and the loss of innocence take hold of the book’s plot, the simultaneous use of drawings along with the powerful aspect of few, but deliberate, words help develop the
As Hester walking around the Governor’s mansion, she notices herself through a gleaming armor and her “scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance” (pg.56-57). The soldier’s armor acts like a mirror reflecting an expanded scarlet letter. The mirror exposes Hester true self in society and its expectation of shame from the scarlet letter on her bosom. The mirror shows Hester the significance of the scarlet letter and how her life from now on was dominated by it and she must carry on the shame. When Roger Chillingworth was talking with Hester, “he lifted his hands with a look of horror, as if he had beheld some frightful shape…of his own image in a glass” (pg.125).
Shakespeare, like any other man in the 16th and 17th century, saw ambitious and dominant women as evil and even disturbing or disturbed. From Macbeth, we can see Shakespeare feels women should be challenged and punished because they are trying to change society. Nowadays these ambitious and dominant women are regarded as brave and respected because of their ambition, such as Lady Macbeth’s ambition to become Queen. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as mentally disturbed. At first, rather than putting all the blame on Macbeth she is proud of her involvement in the murder stating: “My hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white.” Initially this villainizes her as she is in control rather than being an obedient wife going against Jacobean stereotypes
Shakespeare then writes that Lady Macbeth’s “milk” will be “taken for gall”. The noun “milk” not only has feminine and reproductive connotations (which a Jacobean audience would find salient and defining) but is also white, a colour used to represent purity and innocence. The noun “gall” which has a dual meaning. One definition is poison, which shows Lady Macbeth’s willing to sacrifice her reproductive future; however, another definition is impudent behaviour. This definition shows Lady Macbeth’s disrespect of her husband and his trepidations regarding
In this essay the notion that short story 's value symbol over plot will be discussed with reference to "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. Symbolism is rampant in short stories especially in ones written by Edgar Allen Poe. "The Masque of the Red Death" has symbolism hidden around every corner of this gruesome story. One of the most prominent symbols is that of the castle, who 's walls can be argued to symbolize societies class boundaries. Everyone inside of the castle 's walls are of a high status such as Prince Prospero and the knights, those inside the walls are considered to be safe from the red death and due to this presumed safety the occupants are rejoicing.
These three examples are the most paramount to help to reveal the characters and to distribute Hawthorne’s message. Pearl is a symbol of the scarlet letter. She was born due to adultery, which is the same reason as to why Hester wears the scarlet letter A. In chapter 7, Pearl is coincidentally put into a red tunic, “...arraying her in a crimson velvet tunic … and flourishes of gold-thread” (Hawthorne 92), which makes Hester realize that she is the human version of the scarlet letter. By Hester realizing this, it shows to the reader that Pearl can be a “sin” and a “blessing” all at the same time.
The Scarlet Letter has a lot of symbols throughout the book, a symbol is used to represent something. Symbols are used in literature, it is used to have a deeper meaning in the book. One of those symbols is Pearl. She is a strange and unusual child, but she is very pretty. Although there are many symbols in the novel, Pearl stands out because she symbols Hester’s sin, love and passion, and she symbolizes good and evil.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne utilizes the scarlet letter as a symbol of punishment for Hester Prynne's sin and the ability of redemption. The scarlet "A" has many different meanings that can help and hinder the overall message. Firstly, the scarlet letter on Hester's garments symbolizes Hester's adultery and her sin in the Puritan Community, but she embroiders it with gold thread to show the possibility for beauty to emerge from her sin. She wears the letter constantly as punishment and a reminder for her sin. As the novel progresses, the letter turns Hester into an advocate for Puritan Society, because she becomes more involved in the community.