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What is The Scarlet Letter?
The Scarlet Letter is a famous work of fiction published in 1850, and written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you are asking what the phrase "scarlet letter" means, it refers to the letter A for "adultery" which was worn for punishment by the woman who had committed that sin. The story takes place in an era when religion dominated the culture, and breaking one of the Commandments could cause you to be publicly shamed.
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It is both the title of a book and a punishment for crime that was used in the period that the book is set in. The main character of the book has been punished for a crime in that way. The punishment consisted of using a hot branding iron to brand the person's forehead with a letter identifying their crime. The burn scar from this branding when it healed turned bright red, thus the person wore a Scarlet Letter on their forehead for the rest of their life identifying them as a criminal and what their crime was.
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The atmosphere in The Scarlet Letter is generally cold and oppressive. The Puritan society in which Hester and the other characters live is not friendly, and certainly is …not friendly to Hester herself. The atmosphere also takes mysterious turns as Hawthorne starts to reveal to the reader who the father of Hester's daughter is.
Dimmesdale confesses his sin publicly and then dies, Pearl is able to have sentiments and feelings, and Hester moves to Europe with Pearl then comes back in her old age, still… wearing the scarlet letter.
In the Scarlet Letter, Hester was forced to wear the red letter A indicating "adultery" (which in the strictly religious community was a sin and therefore nominally a crime). …She secretly slept with the preacher in the town, and became pregnant, and because no unmarried man came forward, they correctly assumed a married one was involved. The town believed her punishment should be to wear the letter A as a sign of her sin, which made her an outcast in a society that prided itself on conformity. Adultery.
THe inciting incident in The Scarlet Letter runs from when Hester sees Roger from the scaffold and their subsequent meeting in the jail. Hester acquiesing to Chillingworth…'s admonition to keep their relationship secret is the proximate cause of most of the conflict in the story.
The forest is symbolic to the book because of the implications it held with Puritan society. To them, the forest was the unclaimed wilderness of the Devil. It was suspicious f…or anyone from Puritan society to wander intentionally in the woods. Thus, the woods were a place of escape and sin for Hester and Arthur.
Initially, in the world of the characters in the novel, the A stands for adultery. The meaning, however, changes as the plot progresses and some in the story regard the A as m…eaning angel. From the reader's standpoint, and taking into account that this is an allegory where every action, every character, every location means something in addition to itself, the A does not actually stand for adultery or angel but can mean just about anything.
In The Scarlet Letter, both the embroidered scarlet letter "A" and Pearl are symbols of Hester Prynne's sin of adultery. Whereas the scarlet letter is society's way of condemn…ing Hester to a life of isolation, Pearl is the physical manifestation of Hester's sin. Perhaps the symbolic relationship between Pearl and the scarlet letter is most obvious in the woodland scene. Hester frees herself from society's hold when she removes the scarlet letter and tosses it away in the forest; however, Pearl quickly retrieves the letter and demands Hester to put it back on. Clearly, Pearl also represses and isolates Hester from the rest of the Puritanical society.
In the Scarlet Letter, the letter "A" symbolizes adultery because Hester committed adultery with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, even though she was married to Roger Chillingworth…, who had sent her to America while he settled his affairs in Europe.
it means adultry.
He describes the letter as elaborate, intense, and a beautiful letter A. It is scarlet red with gold embroidery.
Themes of the Scarlet letter are: *guilt *sin *love *good and evil
It is an allusion to the book "The Scarlett Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the book, the scarlett letter represents adultery She's describing herself as off limits
pearl symbolizes beauty, pearl states that she was no made by a mother, a father, or a god, but picked from a rosebush.
The protagonist and main character,accused and convicted of adultry therefore forced to embroider a scarlet A on her shirt.
it resembles the conscience because before chapter 13 , it talks about how dimsdale sees the meteor as the letter A , signifying the scarlet letter , while others see it as th…e letter A for Angel , the shape of the letter changes depending on the state of mind of the individual , if an individual is filled with guilt ,then tthey will see the meteor as a scarlet letter, if they have a clear conscience they will see it as an A for angel.