Good can be found in bad situations, never giving up is how Hester Prynne viewed her situation. The Scarlet Letter starts outside of the prison as people gather while Hester Prynne is put upon the scaffold with an infant, her daughter Pearl. Hester has the letter “A “embroidered onto her clothing meaning adulterer. The author Nathaniel Hawthorne shows that there is hope to be found in dire situations seen throughout the symbols of the rose bush, the scarlet letter A, and Pearl the child which gives the novel a purposeful message expressing the symbols in a unique way to give the reader knowledge of the final outcome. On the outside of the prison door revealed a unpleasant scene, but one thing stood out. A wild rose bush covered in beauty. The rose bush is the first major symbol seen from the book saying “it my serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow” (74). The rose bush can be seen as sweet from its beautiful flowers, or darkening from its sharp and pointy thorns of the stem. But Hawthorne inputed this symbol to show the good in bad situations. The rose bush is started with sharp thorns…show more content…Pearl is a young child that has a lot more knowledge then any other kid her age. Pearl is like a reminder to Hester's passion. Even though she is the outcome of the affair with Dimmesdale. Pearl is aware of something between her mother and Dimmesdale when they are in the woods. She picks up that Dimmesdale may be her father. So she creates a type of bond with Dimmesdale. She then questions her mother and ask ” will he go back with us, hand in hand, we three together, into the town?”(318). Pearl had created something with Dimmesdale which she felt like they were a family. This shows that she brings light upon Hester, and that they feel like their lives are getting closer to
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Relation between Pearl and Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
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This rosebush is located “on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold”(36) of the prison. The prison naturally is the place where people that have sinned against the puritan way of life remain. Then Hawthorne suggests that the roses of the rose-bush “might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him”(36). This clearly states that Nature is kind to prisoners and criminals that pass through the prison doors. Hawthorne strengthens this point by suggesting two possible reasons for the rosebush's genesis.
Imperfection and Love in Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ and H.D.’s ‘Sea Rose’
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While the poems observe the rose in different settings, they both study the deformities in what is considered a symbol of beauty and love, i.e. the rose. The rose is common to both ‘The Sick Rose’ and ‘Sea Rose’ as a product of nature that has been turned into the subject of observation. However, this manner of observation, reflected in the tone used, varies for the two poems. Both poems make use of strong language and sounds to describe the rose.