BC: Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
FC: Scarlet Letter "A" and color red | By Jewel Ahmad, Dollly Buesa, & Kayla Dotson
1: Physical description of the Scarlet letter A- It appeared on Hester’s breast in fine red cloth, surrounded with intricate embroidery and fanciful flourishes of gold-thread. The symbol is affected by the society in the book by being classified as the worst sin of all. In the beginning of the book the townspeople exiled Hester who wears the symbol on her breast from the town as one of her punishments after being released from prison. As time went on throughout the book the symbol became something the townspeople looked at as able. Instead of seeing Hester as just someone who committed a sin they accepted her as another average townsperson.
2: Quote: “was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in” Significance: The wild rose-bush outside the prison represents the only thing that had pity to the prisoners.
3: Quote: “Hester Prynne, were no impressed as if the beheld for the first time -- was that scarlet letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom.” Significance: The scarlet letter is being introduced and it represents her sin, adultery.
4: Quote: “he laid his long forefinger on the scarlet letter, which forthwith seemed to scorch into Hester’s breast, as if it had been red hot.” Significance: This quote shows Hester’s shame because of her sin as her husband touches the scarlet letter.
5: Quote: “arraying her in a crimson velvet tunic, of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread” Significance: The way Hester makes her child’s clothes for the trip to the governor’s home is significantly similar to Hester’s scarlet letter.
6: Quote: “The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her—so much power to do, and power to sympathise, — that many people refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne” Significance: Many of the townspeople see Hester as a normal person and that she is able to be helpful and kind to them even though they have shunned her because of her mistake.
7: Quote: “But the first object of which Pearl seemed to become aware was – shall we say it? – the scarlet letter on Hester’s bosom!” Significance: Pearl shows a very strong interest in the scarlet letter because it’s the one thing about her mother that never changes. Until later on in the book, in the forest scene does Hester take off the “A” and Pearl throws a tantrum. As far as Pearl understands, the letter is a part of Hester.
8: Quote: “beheld there the appearance of an immense letter – the letter A – marked out in lines of dull red light.” Significance: The meteor shows a letter A and Dimmesdale assumes that it is a sign from God that he acknowledges Dimmesdale’s sin of adultery. Also, this is the scene where he, Pearl, and Hester are standing on the scaffold where they should have been on the first scaffold scene.