Although it happens again when Pearl has a conversation with her mother about the identity of the Black Man and the relationship with the Scarlet Letter, she does not reveal details to Pearl. Nathaniel Hawthorne has also used various symbols in The Scarlet Letter, his phenomenal novel written about shaming and social stigmatizing during the early Puritanism. The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part, had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father's cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor forever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it. It again appears in the 23rd chapter where it is a symbol of freedom from long-lasting guilt and secret, as Dimmesdale confesses everything before dying. See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin? Only when Hester picks it up and places it on her bosom that Pearl is mollified. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. At best, his public piety is a disdainful act when he worries that his congregation will see his features in Pearl's face.
The person who is made to stand on the scaffold is scorned and humiliated; it is someone who must not be associated with. Here, it is a symbol of sin and crime. Hester's scarlet letter is a hardworking symbol. Come away, or yonder old Black Man will catch you! It seemed hardly the face of a man alive, with such a deathlike hue; it was hardly a man with life in him that tottered on his path so nervelessly, yet tottered, and did not fall! It happens in the fourth chapter first when Hester sees Chillingworth who is smiling at her. Woman, woman, thou art accountable for this! Once, it is used in the second chapter where Hester is made to stand and humiliated for her sin of adultery. With God's help, I shall escape thee now! The child has been sent from God, or at least from nature, but the letter is merely a human contrivance.
He often uses a mirror to symbolize the imagination of the artist; Pearl is a product of that imagination. More often than not, a symbol becomes a focal point for critical analysis and debate. Pearl can now feel human grief and sorrow, as Hester can, and she becomes a sin redeemed. They now felt themselves, at last, inhabitants of the same sphere. It is also seen in Pearl's clothes, the rose bush outside the jail, and the meteor that shines in the sky. To the untrue man, the whole universe is false—it is impalpable—it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. All along, Hester felt there was this redeemable nature in her daughter, and here she sees her faith rewarded.
She is a free spirit who likes to do as she pleases. When Hester meets Dimmesdale in the forest, Pearl is reluctant to come across the brook to see them because they represent the Puritan society in which she has no happy role. Arthur Dimmesdale is always seen with his hand over his heart. However, it is fascinating to note that the same letter becomes a symbol of innocence, penance and angelic of Hester by the end of the story. But many of Hawthorne's symbols change — particularly his characters — depending on their treatment by the community and their reactions to their sins.
Instead of helping his wife, he turns cold-hearted and abandons her. It had been wrought, as was easy to perceive, with wonderful skill of needlework. Never afterwards did it quit her bosom. She cannot see her mother without the scarlet letter. In the end, when Dimmesdale confesses that she is his daughter too, she is content, and becomes a quiet and calm child. Every so often, sunshine flickers on the setting.
The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. The reader has to make it to the end of a sentence and not prejudge, in case there is a twist at its end. Hawthorne's writing style is filled with complex sentences loaded with clauses that take some work to unpack, and often by their end, they give a different impression than what it seemed they would say at the beginning. So, we think one thing that's going on here is that Hawthorne is warning us not to be too literal. Part of his interest in the story is personal—he is descended from the original Puritan settlers of Massachusetts.
The prison door, thus, reminds that punishment given to Hester Prynne but was later released to be ostracized to live in the forest. The Church and State are ubiquitous forces to contend with in this colony, as Hester finds out to her dismay. Like his sin it remains secret from the public but is known to him and to Chillingworth, who symbolizes the devil. It imparted to the wearer a kind of sacredness, which enabled her to walk securely amid all peril. He warns Hester not to say anything, threatening to hurt her lover if she does. Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. Symbol 2 The Rose Bush The rose bush is a bush of wild roses, which also appears in the first chapter.
It seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom that she might conceal a certain token which was wrought or fastened to her dress. Thus, using his characters as symbols, Hawthorne discloses the grim underside of Puritanism that lurks beneath the public piety. In this novel, Hawthorne includes many symbols to display hidden meanings, including character symbols to wake up the reader. Writers use symbols to convey different meanings to their readers in their literary pieces. Thus, for the narrator, the act of writing about Hester becomes not a trivial activity but a means of understanding himself and his social context. With what a ghastly rapture.