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Symbol And Irony Of The Scarlet Letter

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SYMBOL1.Scarlet Letter "A"A = Adultery (sin)The meaning changes through the times. Adultery---Able~ Able to face the society with dignity~ Able to accept her punishment alone without any support and friends~ Able to be a mother for Pearl2.Rosebush (Chapter 1: The Prison Door, p. 40-41)Hester = rebel, young soul, conservative, endured.3.Prison Door (Chapter 1: The Prison Door, p. 40-41)Puritan Community = strict, old generation, conventional.4.Scaffold (Chapter 2)Moral Discipline = Puritan stiffness rules5.Small Cottage (Chapter 5: Hester at Her Needle, p. 68 )Alienated = living far from the communityCovered by plants that not hiding all of the cottage6.Pearl (Chapter 7: The Governor's Hall, p. 86)A living version of "A"Hester spiritSincerity and Purity7.Black ManRefer to witch communion on the forest surround Puritan Community8.Darkness and LightDarkness: Full of secretWhen Hester and Dimmesdale meet in the forestOn the scaffold at midnightIn Dimmesdale's room, etcLight: Exposed to public knowledgeOn the scaffold when Hester being publicly humiliatedWhen Dimmesdale confess her secret or sin9.ForestSanctuary = Free world10.Meteor's light (Chapter 12: The Minister's Vigil, 130-134)To Dimmesdale = Adultery, He should wears the same mark as Hester does (mark of shame)To the rest of the community = Angel, marks Governor Winthon's entry into heaven11.Flood of Sunshine (Chapter 18)Dimmesdale's feeling that full of happiness and hope expression after get Hester's advice12.Black GloveVeil of something hidden (Chapter 12: The Minister Vigil)13.Brook (Chapter 19: The Child at the Brookside, p. 178-179)The limit that Pearl doesn't want to cross over14.Dimmesdale's mark on his bosom (Chapter 23: The Revelation of The Scarlet Letter)His hidden sin of adultery and his hypocrisySYMBOLIC ACTS1.Hester living along with the community instead of leaving the citySymbolize her toughness2.Pearl seems happy when she avoid the children of the Puritans want to threat Hester (Chapter 7: The Governor's Hall, p 86)Act of protection3. Dimmesdale is covering his bosom with his handHiding his sins not to let other people know4. Dimmesdale turns to perform his evil side, e.g. deceive not recognize his loyal church members (Chapter 20: The Minister in a Maze)Hidden selfish5.Dimmesdale's kiss on Pearl (Chapter 19: The Child at The Brookside)Symbolize his confession of his sin with Hester and of Pearl as his child6.Pearl's washing her forehead from Dimmesdale's kiss (Chapter 19: The Child at The Brookside)Symbolize her reluctance to accept Dimmesdale's acknowledgement of her since he does it secretly, not in front of the society, and she doesn't like it that Dimmesdale keeps on hiding his bond with her and Hester7.Pearl's kiss on Dimmesdale (Chapter 23:...

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