What Does The Meteor Symbolize In The Scarlet Letter

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Brytton Hunter Mr. Tindal English III Honors October 9, 2015 The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered to be the first American symbolic novel. A symbol is something used to stand for something else. A symbol in literature is a concrete object. The symbol that I find most important is the actual Scarlet Letter. The letter “A” embroidered on Hester’s gown represents Adultery. Hester wears the “A” on the breast of her gown for punishment, to show her wrong doings. The Scarlet Letter can also symbolize, sin, hard work, skill, charity, righteousness, sacredness and grace. Throughout the book Hester builds a new life and the meaning of the letter changes. People forgot, or chose to forget the real meaning of…show more content…
Dimmesdale believes or thinks that he should wear a mark of shame just like Hester does. The community believes that the “A” that the meteor traced stands for “Angel.” In chapter 16 the brook serves a couple of different phrases. The brook symbolizes sadness over Dimmesdale, Hester and Pearl’s situation. Pearl mentions that the brook sounds “sad” when Hester and she are walking through the forest. The light breaks through the treetops and shines upon Hester, after her and Dimmesdale’s are together and Hester’s letter is removed. It also can symbolize a division between the couple and Pearl. Pearl shows up on the other side of the Brook after Dimmesdale and Hester have had a chance to talk and Pearl disapproves of Hester’s letter being gone. Every prisoner who goes in or out of the building passes by a rosebush right beside the prison door. To the prisoner the rosebush symbolizes that beauty still exist; also it is a remembrance of nature’s pity for them. Nathaniel Hawthorne tells us that the rosebush “has been kept alive in history.” The rosebush symbolizes light, beauty and
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