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Flashcards in Scarlet Letter Test Symbols & Themes Deck (16):
1

Leech

the physician (they use leeches to cure (but they actually end up killing the patient); the physician latched on to Dimmesdale like a leech

2

pearl

a blessing and a curse; the people see her as the devil; symbol of their sin; second chance for heaven; symbol between link between Dimmesdale and Hester; name pearl meaning of a great price, her mothers only treasure

3

pearl's clothing

symbolized the scarlet letter; red like the scarlet letter; cast out pearl because Puritans aren't supposed to be flashy

4

The scarlet letter

guilt; sinner; (adulterer--->able)

5

pearl actions

devil; kind of rude but still smart; she knows what is good but still misbehaves; represent the badness of their sin; reach towards Dimmesdale (because he is the father); she acted this way because she didn't have any friends so she was an outcast and acted like one

6

the scaffold

humiliation; Dimmesdale's vigil; punishment; truth (Hester and Dimmesdale revealed their sins there)

7

Dimmesdale's decay

sin; guilt eating at him; keeping it secret is bad (puritans keep secrets); unreasonable to expect people to be perfect

8

Chillingworth's changing appearance

old man --> devilish; mischievous; he withers away because of his vendetta; the black men; going for Dimmesdale but getting himself

9

The governors decaying garden

symbolizes Dimmesdale; Dimmesdale is wilting away like the garden does; foreshadow to governor dying; decaying governors power because people are disobeying

10

Miss Hibbins

a witch; tempter; messenger from Hell; invites people to the forest (aka hell); always around when something bad happened

11

prison /prison door

sin; puritan law; puritan standards; once you go in you don't really come out (stigma sticks with you forever)

12

the rose bush

hope/joy for the sinner; symbolizes pearl (pearl grew from their sin and the rose bush grew on the prison)

13

the forest

hell; unknown; truth (where they were open with themselves and others)

14

hesters cottage

safe haven; comfort zone; isolation; right on the border between forest and the town (so she could choose either way)

15

indians

outsiders; savages; wild; puritans were afraid of anything they didn't understand

16

sunlight/darkness

sunlight=good; darkness=bad/sin; love/hate