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The Scarlet Letter
Transcript of The Scarlet Letter
Night time vs.
Imagery is used to:
create tone or a specific mood
extract emotions from the audience
create a back drop or a specific environment
mysterious and dark
escape from society
a place where the soul can be free
Hester uses it as a refuge
In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses natural imagery, such as the wilderness, night sky, and flowers, to symbolize key features in the book, such as mystery, secrecy and hope, along with creating a shifting tone throughout the book, in order to always keep the reader interested.
secrets can be revealed
Hester Prynne can hide
illuminates inner and outer thoughts
activities are exposed, making punishment easily justified
Even though flowers are usually a symbol of innocence, and beauty,Pearl uses the flowers, like ammunition, and throws them at the Scarlet Letter, causing a sadness in Hester as she remembers the true meaning behind the mark. (chapt. 6)
“She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness... Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods... The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! "
Sometimes, even the most beautiful
things, can cause great harm.
"...which we interpret to stand for Angel. For as our good Governor Winthrop was made an angel this past night, it was doubtless held fit that there should be some notice thereof."(chapt. 12)
nature can hide the true meaning of something
nothing lasts forever
“offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner.”
last symbol of freedom and beauty before prison
placed outside the prison
scarlet flower for the scarlet letter
all roses have thorns
“to symbolize a sweet moral blossom.”
The Scarlet Letter
Natural Imagery IOP
Imagery: words or phrases that use a collection of images
to appeal to one or more of the five senses in order to create a mental picture
How does this picture make you feel?
"Pearl set forth at a great pace, and as Hester smiled to perceive, did actually catch the sunshine,"
The sun doesn't usually shine on Hester throughout the novel, but when it does, her sin is exposed.
Peal states that the sun is afraid of her mother because it always vanishs when Hester is around.
"If the same multitude which had stood as eyewitnesses while Hester Prynne sustained her punishment could now have been summoned forth, they would have discerned no face above the platform, nor hardly the outline of a human shape, in the dark gray of the midnight. But the town was all asleep. There was no peril of discovery."
Why I chose this topic...