What Does The Rosebush Symbolize In The Scarlet Letter

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The wild rose bush is a representation for hope and life after death and the prison door represents harshness and evil. Both the prison door and the wild rose bush being used together is a strange combination. One represents evil and the other represents hope and grace. The rosebush adds life the prison door adds death, and both of them together give twist to the story. The rosebush adds life to the prison door. Hester’s sin is a sign of passion and Pearl is a result of Hester’s sin and passion. The rosebush is outside of the prison door. The setting of the prison is dark, sad, spikes on the doors, and weary people. The only colorful or bright thing near the prison is the rosebush. I think it symbolizes that there is beauty in even the worst of souls. The prison is dark and grungy and there’s a bit of brightness growing near it symbolizing that there is always good to offset the bad, light to outshine the dark and hope…show more content…
Since the prison is a place of darkness and sin, the beauty of a wild rose bush growing in such an unexpected place symbolizes God's grace. By starting off with a prison door and beautiful rosebush, Hawthorne is letting us know that the issues punishment versus forgiveness and judgment versus grace are going to be super important. Like I said earlier even though Hester went through many hardships she was able to overcome and bloom just like a rosebush would. The Scarlet Letter is a dark book at the beginning because the setting of the prison makes me think of sadness. When the prison is being described Hawthorne names everything that makes it such a sad place. Then suddenly he brings up the rosebush which sticks out because it is the only thing there that really contains life. The rosebush is like Hester because it blooms in a place that seems unhopeful. This happens to Hester because she overcomes her struggles and blooms into a new woman with a new
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