Scarlet Letter Light Vs Dark Essay
When she emerges from the prison door to walk to the pillory, she carries herself proudly, to the astonishment of the crowd gathered to observe her ordeal.
Hawthorne writes: The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance, on a large scale.
Symbolism, frequently used in literature, can appear in many forms.
The use of colors is one such example, in which the color worn or depicted by a character can determine the character's attributes.
According to the moral code of the Puritan settlers, adultery is a grave offense; the punishment is death.
Not more by its hue than by some indescribable peculiarity in its fashion, it has the effect of making her fade personally out of sight and outline".
He sent her ahead, alone, to the town of Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony while he remained behind to conclude business before following her across the sea.
But in the next two years, he never arrived, and the citizens of Boston presumed he went down with a ship.
During these two years, Hester committed adultery and bore a child.
The action of the novel begins at the town prison, where Hester is being held.