In the Scarlet Letter, there are several motifs that symbolizes light and darkness. As an author Nathaniel Hawthorne uses imagery and detail to create settings, in which images appear to represent a specific theme. The color red is introduced first, at the beginning of the novel. The rosebush and the letter "A" are the first two items that have a meaning and they happen to share the same color, red. What does the color red symbolize anyway?
While the rosebush stands for innocence, purity and prosperity; the letter "A" is a negative patent that embodies hate, lust, shame and sin. The bush offers solace to the prisoners and it shows them that life will continue and nature always stays beautiful, even when life's difficult. But the Scarlet Letter is the sole embodiment of shame and sin and by wearing this emblem, it picks away at the soul of Hester, causing her to feel burdened. Does Hawthorne intend to match these two items together based on color? Or does it appear that both red's symbolize good and evil because of a mere coincidence?