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The Symbolic Use of Nature from The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic The Scarlet Letter, character plays an essential and symbolic function. Hawthorne uses character to communicate the mood of a scene, to describe characters, and also to link the organic components with human nature. A number of the passages that have to do with character accomplish more than one of those ideas. All throughout the novel, character is integrated into the story line. The profound symbolism conveyed by certain facets of character helps the reader gain a deeper understanding of the plight and inner feelings of the characters in the novel. Hawthorne's moods or prevailing feelings through certain scenes have been revealed to the reader via character. As an example, among the first scenes in the book demonstrates this unique writing talent that Hawthorne uses to enhance his composing. He clarifies Hester Prynne and her child being released in the local prison into the light of day; She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three weeks old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day; because its experience, heretofore, had brought it acquainted only with the gray twilight of a dungeon, or other darksome apartment of the prison (49). The sunlight provides the reader a feeling of vulnerability and scrutiny. This feeling is afterwards reveled to the reader by Hawthorne, Her prison-door was thrown open, and she came forth into the sun, which, falling on all alike, seemed, to her sick and morbid heart, as if meant for no other motive than to revel the scarlet letter on her breast (71). It is also gives the feeling of a release into a harsh environment, which Hest...