Throughout the entire book, Hester was looked down upon though slightly less as the story progressed, and treated like a second class citizen. Critical Commentary in the scarlet lettersymbolism in the scarlet letter abstract: the scarlet letter is the first symbolic novel in america playing a very important role in studying symbolism in american literature.
This is because the actions of individuals are put in the spotlight for public scrutiny.
In The Scarlet Letter, " Nothing was more common, in those days, than to interpret all meteoric appearances, and other natural phenomena, that occurred with less regularity than the rise and set of sun and moon, as so many revelations from a supernatural source" Hawthorne Throughout the book Hester is searching for the meaning of life.
Hester and Dimmesdale's intercourse would not have the gravitas in today's society, so the tragic and life-controlling impact of the story would be greatly reduced.
Puritans ideology and lifestyle On the other hand, Puritan ideology is very important for Puritans for they designed their lives after that. One does not exactly know who is destined for heaven, but hold the generally idea that reverends are sent by God to help people.
The first members of the Boston Puritan church are required to make a public acknowledgment of their sins. Although only Hester know that Dimmesdale is the father, she has promised Dimmesdale not to reveal his identity.