The scarlet letter

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The Scarlet Letter


Nathaniel Hawthorne was a major American novelist who was born and raised

in. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the scarlet letter, and in the scarlet

letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne invites the reader to sympathize with Hester Prynne's

experience in the rigid and unforgiving atmosphere of the puritian socity.

Throughout the book Hawthorn has many hidden descriptions of the scarlet

letter. The scarlet letter first stands for adultery. Adultery is a forsaken crime in the

puritan socity. Hester had to wear the letter on her chest to symbolize the crime she

committed. It also brings great embarisment having to wear it every day

constantly being reminding her of her sin. The scarlet letter stands for

emotional torture. It caused emotional torture by what others say, and their

thoughts about her. The scarlet letter also symbolizes comfort for Pearl.

An example of the letter symbolizing comfort for Pearl was when Hester meat

Dimsdale reveal Chillingsworth idenity.

Hester takes off the letter and through it

on the ground. Pear through a tantrum because she is upset that it is gone, and