At worst, Dimmesdale is a symbol of hypocrisy and self-centered intellectualism; he knows what is right but has not the courage to make himself do the public act. Theme 10 Although it does not seem that love is a dominant theme, Dimmesdale and Hester love each other during the absence of her husband. The passionate act of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale which is considered as adultery, and when caught Hester is sentenced. Pearl is not only a strange child with sometimes seemingly evil characteristics, but she emphasizes the significance of the scarlett letter on her mother's chest. He goes through severe depression and trauma to stay silent and to save his skin. I thought overall the tone was bitter, cold, and ironic most of the time.
From the very beginning, the characters are very clear about their feelings. Setting Even Hawthorne's settings are symbolic. He is getting paler and thinner. The townspeople regard it as an object of scorn. Hawthorne points out over and over that Dimmesdale has a habit of placing his hand over his heart. Here that point is made again, and seems to take shape as a theme to look out for later in the story.
In the novel, the main example of irony occurs when Hester is on the Puritan scaffold and is compared to the Virgin Mary, despite the fact that she is being punished for her sin in that very moment. There are many important quotes throughout The Scarlet Letter, but here are some of the ones I found to be important. The other main male character foreshadows his actions in one of his speeches as well. It also shows the love, forgiveness, and grace of God upon them. This is a metaphor for Dimmesdale who starts out as a holy and respected man, but he has quickly burned out from sickness and guilt in the years since Hester stood upon the scaffold. Pearl is the strongest of these allegorical images because she is nearly all symbol, little reality. There were very few people who actually guessed what it stood for.
It turns out these elderly churchgoers are right. Instead of helping his wife, he turns cold-hearted and abandons her. If a text is a journey, then we already know where a lot of the characters are heading in The Scarlet Letter. Different parts of the prison door such as iron spikes and bars remind the cruel methods used by the Puritanical magistrates to punish criminals and the innocent people as well. This symbol also shows how objects transform their symbolic meanings based on lifestyle, circumstances, and choices.
In the prison, Hester almost seemed to fear him. In all these examples, the meaning of the symbol depends on the context and sometimes the interpreter. I finally dropped the idea of remaking the movie, because it might just as well stay as it is and serve as an allegory of these two and many more modern topics. God gave her the child, and gave her, too, an instinctive knowledge of its nature and requirements. Symbol 10 The Black Man A Black Man appears twice in the storyline of this novel. Hence, the mockery of law is another theme of the novel. Several events foreshadow Doodle's death.
Theme 5 Partial Punishment and Codes Seeing only Hester going through punishment is a secondary theme of the novel. Dimmesdale feels it symbolizes that he should wear the 'A' on his chest. She was young and pretty, and she did not seem to care for him as much as he seemed to care for her - otherwise, why would she have gotten over him so fast when she thought he was dead and hooked up with another guy? This also makes Hester afraid, a feeling that will affect her to some degree throughou! The context determines the meaning. He seems to want to just move on and not harm Hester in any way. But I was really impressed with how well-written it was, and once I got into it, the plot was intriguing.
This puts additional emotional strain on Hester because it hurts her that the scarlet letter is not only obvious to the entire town of Boston, but also to her daughter. It seems that Hawthorne has unconsciously placed his weight on the feministic side. This in itself foreshadows the affect that the Scarlet Letter had on Hester Prynne, and how during her ordeal she found moral peace. There were many instances in the book where I noted the imagery to be really exceptional: Hester and her baby Pearl on the scaffold, the characterization of Chillingworth, and the scene in the forest. As her mother still kept beckoning to her, and arraying her face in a holiday suit of unaccustomed smiles, the child stamped her foot with a yet more imperious look and gesture.
For example, when Hester and Dimmesdale meet by the end to plan their escape, they meet at the forest. Yet, the very thing that makes Dimmesdale a symbol of the secret sinner is also what redeems him. Chillingworth promises that he will find out who the father of Hester's child is and reveal him, but he makes Hester promise to keep his identity as her husband secret. Roger also seems to be focusing on the man Hester cheated with rather than wanting to punish Hester. Symbol 2 The Rose Bush The rose bush is a bush of wild roses, which also appears in the first chapter.
Dimmesdale not only escapes punishment but also is a part of the jury. He realizes the scaffold is the place to confess and also his shelter from his tormenter, Chillingworth. In the end, even the grave of Dimmesdale and Hester is in darkness. Some of the major symbols used in this novel have been discussed below. The Mysterious Minister Foreshadowing is also used to build suspense regarding the town's minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. This metaphor shows how Hester may sometimes try to hide her past sin. Themes in The Scarlet Letter Theme 1 Sense of Sin Sin and the sense of sin is one of the major themes that appear from the very first chapter from the discovery of the story and the scarlet letter.
Citizens of Boston almost flinch away from the scarlet letter, and they seem to have somewhat of the same reaction towards Pearl, calling her a child of the devil. Then she takes it off when she goes to Europe to start a new life. The contrasting ways in which they have each bore the scarlet letter on their chests has affected them extremely differently: For Hester, the worst part of the storm has passed and she is able to look towards the sun. I think I have a better grip on why the scarlett letter was considered such a big punishment. Hawthorne gives a lot of insight into many of the characters desires and motivations in the first four chapters of the novel. By the end of the novel, Dimmesdale does so, standing with both Hester and Pearl on the scaffold in front of the town, revealing that he is Pearl's father and dying after having confessed his sin. Getting a hint here and there through foreshadowing helps to build suspense in a story.