Looking delicate gems…to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty

Looking back throughout the different variety of literature, colors have utilized symbolic meaning based on emotion, culture, history, and religion. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates the darkness of the human sins to a puritanical setting, of a woman’s life and how she surpasses her unforgivable sin with her tragic lover to endorse color imagery, through the uses of Hawthorne taking advantage of color imagery to demonstrate his characters and foreshadow the events in Scarlet Letter, through the colors red, black and green. Nathaniel Hawthorne presents the color red notably throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, to demonstrate its importance representation of symbolism in the emotions of sin and passion. As we begin Hester Prynne and Dimmesdale commit a sinful act of adultery but when the towns-people found out, Hester’s punishment was to spend a little time in jail, then released three months after the birth of her child, Pearl. “But on one side of the portal…was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems…to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner (42).” Puritan community believes that Pearl was conceived in sin since Hester is married to a man who has been missing for two years, despite this sinful act looked down upon, we can see both the roses outside the prison and the Scarlet Letter are displayed as deep red. Therefore, the imagery that is corresponding with the scarlet red is associated with passion and pride. When Hawthorne begins describing a hidden beauty like the rosey scenery of a place so dark and musty like the prison, the reader immediately questions the significance. Not only does the red color imagery signify passion and lust, but throughout the story we can see red exhibits evil, anger and sin as well. “The shadow of what he bears on his own breast, his own red stigma…”(232). The red stigma that is presented on Dimmesdale’s chest indicates the same sin that lays upon Heaters Bosom, and the red-ness and red scarring that Dimmesdale has inflicted on himself is his own red of coping with the guilt that came along with his sin. The most important characteristic of Dimmesdale is his role within the puritan community, as a Puritan Minister his role is to show the right morals of Puritan faith, henceforth his genuine beliefs which is the reason for his and Hester’s sin weighing on his heavily. He privately acknowledges his sin but until he confesses this sin publicly, he cannot begin to repent himself, which is his guilt versus redemption that leads to his hectic soaring of self-punishing and self-loathing. The Scarlet Letter demonstrates the good and bad, like God and the Devil, yet who is the underlord of this story and how will they get judged? Hawthorne introduces the “Black Man”, a shadow like figure who lies in the forest and terrifies the townspeople, but we all know that the true evil lies within, “Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the Forest round about us (68).” Hawthorne deploys the use of euphemism to juxtapose the ideologies of a devil and Chillingworth in order to exemplify the caliginosity theme in the text about Chillingworth being a man of animosity. In the end of chapter four, Chillingworth visits Hester as she is in prison, and generally the color black represents evil and darkness, which is usually linked to Chillingworth throughout the novel. This is a symbol for black, because the “Black Man” is referring to the devil’s messenger or the devil himself, including the true twisted evil within Chillingworth. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, we see the darkness around the Puritans waiting for one to fall into temptation of sin, although the Black Man lurks within the forest, which must mean the forest consists of evil as well, “It straggled onward into the mystery of the primeval forest. This hemmed it in so narrowly, and stood so black and dense on either side, and imposed such imperfect glimpses of the sky above (166).” Hawthorne utilizes the use of color symbolism to annexing the ideologies of the Black Man, Chillingworth and evil that lies within in order to embody the Puritans interpretation of sin. The forest is conceived as a place of evil, where the witches and evil things live, as well as what is hidden within the heart comes about. To the Puritans, its a place the pure will not go near, but what many don’t know is that the forest is a place of isolation from the Puritan society, a place with no law, a place where three meet with no eyes of judgement upon them.Hester and Pearl’s outcast journey manifests into a lesson that the “A” does not have just one meaning, sin, but it comes to play that the “A” has multiple layer of representations. Hawthorne utilizes green symbolically in The Scarlet Letter to represent life, nature and freedom.”As the last touch to her mermaid’s garb, Pearl took some eelgrass and imitated, as best she could, on her own bosom the decoration with which she was so familiar on her mother’s. A letter—the letter A—but freshly green instead of scarlet (160-161)!” Hawthorne exhibits the use of color imagery to juxtapose the ideologies of a genuine, pure being in order to exemplify the pristine theme in the text about Pearl being a child of life. Pearl portrays the complement to her mother, Hester. She creates the green “A” in order to represent the one her mother wears, but she does not see the Scarlet Letter as anything bad due to her perceiving it as a connection between her and Hester. Pearl personally connects with the Scarlet Letter throughout the novel even from the day she was born, and we can tell Pearl has always had a strong interests with the Scarlet Letter that lies upon her mother’s bosom.