The Scarlett Letter Book Report

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The Scarlett Letter

Symbolism at it's best is limitless in conveying a feeling, mood, or atmoshphere that
words alone can not define. It can trigger emotion, persuade the reader to question
everything they know thus far, or inflict thoughts that, in the most twisted sense of the
story, would seem barely justified. Symboloism reaches out to the reader in numerous ways,
but no matter what the effect, it's almost always starts as something subconscious. In
Nathanial Hawthorn's novel, 'The Scarlet Letter,' there is an immense ammount of
symbolism; the structure and flow of progression are both held back by this element. The
subtle way Hawthorn uses this is incredible; he takes us to such a place where everything
and everyone is suspect and subject to thorough examination, as things are not always what
they seem. Other times, however, they are in fact exactly what they seem; usually too
little too late. By the time the truth is laid outright, the truth had already been known;
symbolism is subconscious. At times when there is no truth to be uncovered, it is the
world created by this world of various entities, in a matter of symbol, that lies dormant
in the back of the readers head. Being fully and inescapably aware though, from a place
deep inside, of the uncertanties and illusions that are not being focused on, instead only
hinted at. The mind's eye is where symbolism wraps it's ugly tentacles of doubt and
discretion, whether realized by the reader or not. 'The Scarlet Letter,' demonstrates this
characteristic impecibly.

The scaffold where Hester stands in front of the public is symbolic of penitence and God's
judgement. Dimmesdale on the other hand, can not bring himself to stand on the platform
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