After analyzing chapters 1-5 of Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I find that the passage is emblematic of Hester, a Puritan who is depicted suffering owing to her errant behavior. Despite the reader having an encounter with Hester and her three-month-old infant, characterization pertaining to major characters of the novel is depicted by Hawthorne. Hester appears to be experiencing shame and pride in equal measure This letter has allowed me to understand people’s lifestyles during those times especially when it came to adultery. In the letter, I read that moving along with her is her infant who represents the grave sin that Hester has committed. An additional symbol which clearly depicts her sin is the scarlet A. In the scarlet letter, the ‘A’ is meant to represent an artist. In this case, however, it stands for adultery, which is the crime committed by Hester. I can’t deny that in the letter it revealed clearly in plain sight for everyone to see in a bid to shame her. Notably, there is a group of five self-righteous women outside the prison gossiping about Hester. Also, some two men appear in view. Roger Chillingworth, who is the legal husband of Hester and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale who though his association with Hester is not yet revealed, is viewed by one of the women as being deep in thought wondering how a scandal like the one before them could be associated with one of his congregants.
Likewise, Hawthorne appears critical of the self-righteous women who associate themselves with religion yet they suggest that a hot iron should be utilized to mark Hester`s forward as an immoral woman. He, nonetheless, does not generalize the scenario in order to show that not all puritan people were hypocrites. I analyzed this point and noted that the young woman who brings along her child to witness the scene. I find that it is a representation of how the traditions are being passed on to the next generation, which is probably why such acts have persisted in society. The symbols represented in the letter appear to be illustrative of a historical narrative. For instance, Pearl represents Hester`s adultery, and the letter A also whose red mark represents the same sin. Generally, adultery appears to be a highly besmirched act which in the Puritan society is tantamount to ridicule and contempt.