Response to symbolism of the scarlet letter

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2/2/2006 My Response to the symbolism of the scarlet letter I am not sure exactly what the scarlet letter is symbolic for. I know what it stands for and that it is because Hester committed adultery and it sentenced to wearing the Scarlet Letter A for the rest of her life. Symbolically, I am not sure. Is it that it stands for Hester’s shame? Is the letter meant to put shame upon the heart of Hester for what she has done? I know that the letter is on her gown because it stands for Adulterer. Hester is apparently good at sewing because the book talks about how Hester’s letter is all dressed up to look nice and is not as shameful as it is meant to be. Hester almost seems to be shameless about what she has done but is obviously not
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Unformatted text preview: proud about it. So to show that she has no shame about what she has done she makes the A on her gown very elegant like and nice looking. This was demeaning of the whole purpose that she was even wearing the letter in the first place. The fact that she had made the letter look nice was very upsetting to the women of the community. The fact that she was an adulterer was very upsetting to them but then to add to the fact that she made the letter look nice only made them not like it even more. For Hester it will be a constant reminder of her affairs. Not only will the letter be a constant reminder of her affairs but also her baby will remind her of this. For Pearl it will also be a reminder of what her mother did....
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