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The Scarlet Letter

  • Submitted by: aztiren
  • on December 10, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,634 words

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Scarlet Letter: Darkness to Light

The Scarlet Letter shows thought out the book, many different themes and motifs. There are also many symbols. The main motif   shown was the transition from dark to light. The main three symbols I saw that displayed this transition were Hester Prynne, her daughter Pearl, and the scaffold. All three had a transition of being in or being used as something that represents a form of darkness into something being used as a form of light. All three have other symbols that are associated with each other like the letter “A”. The letter “A” itself is both a form of darkness and light. It goes thought transitions just like Hester, Pearl, and the scaffold do.
The movement from darkness to light in the beginning was Hester. She herself was both dark and light. The crime she committed made her an outcast. She was dark because of her crime. Her crime was Adultery. She was also a form of light because although she committed a crime, her beauty, and the letter made her look brighter. They described her hair as “dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam.”(pg.45) Her beauty was said that she had “a face which besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes.”(pg.45-46) Her style of clothes was different then anyone else. “Her attire, which, indeed, she had wrought for the occasion, in prison, and had modeled much after her own fancy, seemed to express the attitude of her sprit, the desperate recklessness of her mood, by its wild and picturesque peculiarity.”(pg.46) What stood out the most was the letter. “.. Was that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom.”(pg.46) She wears the letter A to symbolize Adultery. At the end of the book, it was switched to symbol the word Able. “Such helpfulness was found in her-so much power to do and power to sympathize-that many people refused...

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