righteousness, sacredness. It also seems to be, at times, the light of truth and grace. Symbolism is used throughout literature and has been for centuries. When Hester tells him that the ship for Europe leaves in four days, he is delighted with the timing. The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread.". In this world, Hester can take off her cap, let down her hair, and discuss plans with Dimmesdale to be together away from the rigid laws of the Puritans. Hester started to supply apparel for babies, ceremonies, inaugurations, and funerals. A few pages later, Hawthorne writes, The scarlet letter had not done its office. Hester wears it on her chest throughout the novel, so, naturally, it's going to have a lot of meaning. Hawthorne writes that after she had taken off the letter, All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming. It means grace, and it's something to be looked at with reverence.
569 Words 3 Pages, in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author presents three symbols that all reinforce the main idea of the novel. Its importance becomes more evident as the book comes to a close, but the earlier parts of the book are used to build up its significance. The context determines the meaning. An allegory in literature is a story where characters, objects, and events have a hidden meaning and are used to present some universal lesson. In his first appearance in the novel, he is compared to a snake, an obvious allusion to the Garden of Eden. It brings about Hester's suffering and loneliness and also provides her rejuvenation. She is seen as a fallen woman, a culprit who deserves the ignominy of her immoral choice. He is fiendish, evil, and intent on revenge.