The narrator exclaims “As the last touch to her mermaid’s garb, Pearl took some eel-grass, and imitated, as best she could, on her own bosom, the decoration with which she was so familiar on her mother’s. A letter,-the letter A,-but freshly green, instead of scarlet!”(Hawthorne 161). Pearl has an extremely different view of the scarlet letter than anyone else in the town. She views it as something that everyone will earn eventually in their lifetime. Pearl’s A was described as fresh which symbolized innocence.
One of Hawthorne’s most famous short stories “Young Goodman Brown” uses symbols such as pink ribbons, a dark forest, and a serpentine staff to contribute to his overall meaning that life is full of temptations that ultimately lead men into sin and away from God. All throughout the story, Goodman Brown’s wife Faith wears pink ribbons on her cap. The first significance of this description is the color. Pink is typically associated with babies and young girls, which Hawthorne tries to highlight in his description of Faith. Pink is also associated with things like friendship, harmony, and affection, which is the relationship Goodman Brown and Faith have at the beginning of the story.
Beauty is illustrated through the characters in both stories. In Rappaccini’s Daughter, Beatrice is “with as much richness of taste as the most splendid of the flowers, beautiful as the day, and with a bloom so deep and vivid that one shade more would have been too much. She looked redundant with life, health, and energy; all of which attributes were bound down and compressed, as it were, and girdled tensely, in their luxuriance, by her
“The Indian Lily,” by Herman Sudermann tells the story of Richard Niebeldingk’s love life through the literary device of metonymy. The metonymy can be seen in the Indian lilies that he sends to his past conquests. Niebeldingk sends the lilies as a means to say, “In spite of what has taken place you are as lofty as sacred in my eyes as these pale, alien flowers whose home is beside the Ganges. Therefore have the kindness-not to annoy me with remorse” (331), which is to say thank you for the evening please do not contact me again. He also says that, “I give them as a symbol of my chaste and desireless admiration” (333), which means he has no desire to further the relation.
It’s no wonder Hawthorne specifically intertwined red symbols so closely with Hester Prynne’s life, because by doing so, he allowed readers to better see her true character and her innermost feelings. This then makes it easier to understand her motivation to love Dimmesdale and Pearl, continue surviving, and secretly wish to be free. On the surface it may appear that the Scarlet Letter is
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.
Throughout the book, Pearl is shown as a symbol of Hester's sin. In The Scarlet Letter, it says “But she named the infant “Pearl”, as being of great price, purchased with all she had, her mother's only treasure!”(Hawthorne 81). This is showing that Hester loves Pearl, but feels bad that she has to live her life being the product of sin. In the novel, Hester is always reminded of her sin and Pearl is the product of Hester and Dimmesdale's sin.
Also, Faulkner uses the house to represent Emily metaphorically as decomposing and change-resistant. Faulkner also uses a rose to symbolize irony. Whereas roses represent love, Miss Emily never actually comprehend the actual meaning of love. Furthermore, he uses the strand of hair to symbolize the sometimes-perverse acts that individuals undertake in their quest for contentment. The discovery of the strand of hair is also predicted when the narrator explains the bodily decline of Miss Emily.
(Hawthorne 46). When describing the rose bush as wild, meaning it has been created by nature, this exhibits the evilness hidden within the bush. Hawthorne then continues by addressing how he wants the reader to portray his novel. He describes, “It may serve… some sweet moral blossom… or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow” (Hawthorne 46). While the novel
These systematic inclusions of flowers in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, serve to illuminate the materialistic values or desires of each character through complex symbolism. Flowers appear in the character’s names, possessions, and
Garden Motif in Hamlet The garden motif in Hamlet contributes to characterization and theme. The character Ophelia finds characterization within the motif, and the theme of corruption is depicted through the garden motif. Flowers and weeds, the most common representations of the garden motif, are intimately intertwined with Ophelia’s characterization. Initially, the flowers speak to Ophelia’s innocence and purity.
To finish, the last symbol I will be focusing on Is nature. Nature is a symbol that encompasses the characters in this book but also is a character in the book. Nature first makes its appearance on page 107, “…the ugliest weeds of the garden were their children, whom Pearl smote down, and uprooted most unmercifully.” (Scarlet Letter) In this line Hawthorne writes to introduce the symbol of nature, you see nature being compared to as humans.