Is interpretation a theme in The Scarlet Letter? What is Hawthorne's point, or is ambiguity used for aesthetic effect?

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Certainly, there is Hawthorne's signature ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter. After all, life is often ambiguous and variable. And, matters of conscience are never easily decided--this is the message of Hawthorne. Much of the narrative of the novel revolves around Hester's and Arthur Dimmesdale's introspections and conflicts with their guilt and other feelings.  For example, there are a couple of occasions in which Hester contemplates her death, and often that of Pearl, even, as better than her suffering.

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I agree that the reader does have to make some of the meaning for himself here.  After all, that is the case with most books.  The rose bush might be foreshadowing, for example, of how something good can come out of something bad.

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