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The Scarlet Letter

Throughout Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter the main characters are deviously developed. In order for the reader to analyze the novel in a logical manner he must understand the symbolism of Pearl and Roger Chillingworth. Symbolism is apparent in numerous scenes that support Pearl's ethereal character. Symbolism is implanted cleverly throughout Hawthorn's work proves Roger Chillingworth's moral evil. Hawthorne uses symbolism throughout the novel for the reader to better analyze Pearl and Roger Chillingworth character.

The symbols used in relation to Pearl's character represent her ethereal temperament. When Pearl desperately cries for a rose in Governor Bellingham's garden the reader recognizes the similarities between the rose and Pearl. Pearl's image throughout the book is young and beautiful, like a rose. Hawthorne writes of Pearl beauty as being worthy enough "to be the plaything of the angels" (Hawthorne 86). This quote represents the superiority of Pearls beauty. One critic compares Pearls grand beauty to a rose and writes "like the rose [Pearl] is a symbol of love and promise" ( ABC. 121). The reader is made aware of the comparison between the flower, Pearl uses to decorate her hair with, and the character of Pearl. This same object is used to represent Pearl's temperament. Waggoner writes of the similarities between Pearls emotional character and the flowers. He describes the flower that would "become [Pearl] perfectly" (ABC. 120). Waggoner makes clear his belief that Pearl and the flowers represent the same ideals. Hawthorne skillfully crafts Pearl to be a symbol. Hawthorne depicts the innocence of childhood through Pearls character. For instance Hawthorne writes "Stand you here, and let me run and catch it. I am but a child. It will not flee from me"(Hawthorne website). Abel believes Hawthorne's same point; however, Abel writes "Pearl thus stands as a regenerative symbol (Abel). The reader can conclude from Abel's use of the word "regenerative" that as a young child one has the opportunity to change his or her future just like Pearl. The Scarlet Letter includes symbolism for the reader to better understand the character of Pearl and the opportunities of young children.

The symbolism used in accordance with Roger Chillingworth proves Roger's evilness. Low, dark, and ugly flowers are described throughout the novel to symbolize



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