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What does the Rosebush symbolize in The Scarlet Letter?

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annaeleanor | Student | eNoter

Posted September 3, 2012 at 3:32 AM via web

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What does the Rosebush symbolize in The Scarlet Letter?

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iklan100 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 3, 2012 at 3:58 AM (Answer #1)

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Whilst there is a fair degree of variation about the exact symbolism of the Rosebush in The Scarlet Letter, we could go with Hawthorne's own explanation in Chapter 1 of the novel, that the bush symbolizes 'some sweet moral blossom'. possibly relating Hester's 'sin' to passion and/or love (the Rose and Rosebush has both meanings in spiritual and worldly love) and to Pearl being the outcome of this, thus 'moral' rather than 'immoral' in that respect.

The Rosebush also symbolizes the rose's and their fragrance, growing amidst the harsh thorns, so pleasure and pain, growing together.

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