Symbolism Of Nature In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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. He is comparing the Puritan children to the ugly weeds of nature that are uprooted and thrown away so then the beautiful roses (Pearl) are more vibrant and noticeable. This Rose would then be, again, another symbolism of Pearl as she is taking all of those weeds out of the ground so she stands out more.
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