Symbols and Motifs in the Scarlet Letter

Rose symbol: good coming from bad
Pearl symbol: the walking scarlet letter; she is the product of sin
black man symbol: evil and satan
the scarlet letter symbol: adultery
red motif: could be rosebush, or could be the burning sin or hell that comes with the adultery
gold motif: the beauty in the little things; hester is making the best out of it
Iron motif: harsh judgements, punishments, and permanence
light v. dark motif: light is Hester’s open sin, dark is the hidden sin
black motif: evil and devilish wrongdoings

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