She also tries to bring Hester and Dimmesdale together. Moreover the use of symbols makes his narrative more convincing. All along, Hester felt there was this redeemable nature in her daughter, and here she sees her faith rewarded. Hester gave up her pride, religion, and community in order to have her and she has to watch her grow up without a father and in solidarity. Outsiders see it as a novelty, and some Native Americans presume it's a distinguishing mark for someone of status. Different parts of the prison door such as iron spikes and bars remind the cruel methods used by the Puritanical magistrates to punish criminals and the innocent people as well. Mistress Hibbins - Mistress Hibbins is a widow who lives with her brother, Governor Bellingham, in a luxurious mansion.
She struggles with her recognition of the letter's symbolism just as people struggle with their moral choices. His commitments to his congregation are in constant conflict with his feelings of sinfulness and need to confess. Dimmesdale commit the same sin. Evil, in its most poisonous form, is found in the carefully plotted and precisely aimed revenge of Chillingworth, whose love has been perverted. The prison door is a of punishment given to the culprits and jail inmates for their crimes. Objects, such as the scaffold, were ritualistic symbols for such concepts as sin and penitence. Setting Even Hawthorne's settings are symbolic.
It's something, even, to be admired. However, the forest also stands for natural innocence. He also points out another symbol that is the wild rose bush. As we discussed in class, Hawthorne tries to make the Puritans look bad. The author places Hester on the scaffold two more times, and each time Hester grows stronger. Although Pearl is a complex character, her primary function within the novel is as a symbol.
Hester is sometimes scared by Pearl because she sees a demon in her eyes and is different than other kids. The Puritans mean for the scarlet letter to be a symbol of Hester's shame. The scaffold is a hoary platform… The Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Throughout the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a few key symbols to represent major themes in the book. Hester cannot be associated without the scarlet letter and her sin. Hester is doomed to wear it throughout her life.
But she also offers Hester a new reason to live and represents the vital spirit Hester has inside her, the one that enabled her to commit the sin in the first place. Dimmesdale commit the same sin. Here needle work functions as a symbol, indicative of the attitude of the puritan settlers towards sin, guilt and penitence. The objects that had made a shadow hitherto, embodied the brightness now. Dimmesdale redeems himself by finally acknowledging her, and Hester finally redeems herself in the eyes of the community later in the book. The most important symbol is scarlet letter itself. The scaffold is a place of shame and punishment for anyone in the community that commits a sin.
Chillingworth is self-absorbed and both physically and psychologically monstrous. Here Hester is hidden by the gigantic, magnified symbol just as her life and feelings are hidden behind the sign of her sin. While waiting for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to Pearl. Pearl is known to be both mischievous and emotional. The most obvious and well known, as it is in the title, is the scarlet letter Hester is forced to wear.
By the third time, Hester is not bothered by it as much as before, but to the community, it is still a symbol of sin, guilt and shame. Colors play a similar role to light and darkness. In this novel, the symbols are… Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, has many symbols. The Puritans in that scene wear gray hats, and the darkness of the jail is relieved by the sunshine of the outside. The Puritan ideas of witchcraft, state, and church are seen in the characters of Reverend Wilson, Mistress Hibbins, and Governor Bellingham. It seems to be burdened with many sorrows, a reminder of her own sorrows to Hester. This relationship is integral to the theme of this novel and the development of its characters.
To Dimmesdale, it is a symbol of the estrangement between Hester and Pearl. The scaffold is a place of shame and punishment for anyone in the community that commits a sin. Also, each of his major characters symbolize a view of sin its affects on a human heart. It is symbolic of the sin that she has committed and even though she does not at any stage think herself to be a sinner, it constantly reinforces the Puritan belief in the Original Sin, the breaking of the Seventh Commandment, to the community. Later, the scarlet letter comes to stand not for the word 'adultery', but for 'able' as in: That Hester Prynne is such an able woman! It is a sign of adultery, penance, and penitence. Dimmesdale about their predicament, takes place in the forest.
Wilson, Governor Bellingham, and Mistress Hibbins. Hester refuses to let the scarlet letter be completely dictated by others. Hawthorne also uses several minor characters in the story as symbols. It makes something tough to discuss, like love, more manageable and concrete. Hester wears it on her chest throughout the novel, so, naturally, it's going to have a lot of meaning. Pearl is also considered to be an elf-child. The Scarlet A Besides the characters, the most obvious symbol is the scarlet letter itself, which has various meanings depending on its context.
Even as the original mark of adultery, the scarlet letter has different personal meanings to the various characters. As a symbol, he represents the secret sinner who fights the good fight in his soul and eventually wins. However, when in the forest, Hester and Dimmesdale confess their love for each other and plan to travel to a new land. When reading the novel, it becomes increasingly apparent that there is a contrast between the forest and the town, as settings. They begin to admire her for her grace and charity, which begins to alter the meaning of the scarlet letter in their own minds. In the end, the letter comes to symbolize Hester's triumph over the very forces that meant to punish her.