Symbolism of Colors Nathaniel Hawthorne in the novel, The Scarlet Letter (1850), asserts that the color red represents passion and sin, the color black represents pure evil, and the color white represents light and change in The Scarlet Letter (1850). Hawthorne supports his assertion by illustrating the colors red in diverse manners and occurrences in the story such as the red rose bush and the red Scarlet Letter, the color black through the black weeds, and the color white when the white light is gleaming around Pearl. Hawthorne’s purpose for using these colors is to portray their emotions. Hawthorne writes in a coarse tone for the readers of The Scarlet Letter (1850) because he was angry and did not like the Puritans. To begin, The most frequently used color symbol in The Scarlet Letter (1850) is red. Red most noticeably represents the sin committed by Hester, as shown by the scarlet “A” she is forced to wear on her chest. "On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold-thread, appeared the letter A.” (pg 50) As mostly everyone knows the “A” stands for adultery. The scarlet letter, like her sin, is something that she will never be able to forget and is something she can never escape from. The color red is also used to represent the result of the sin, as Pearl is usually dressed in red clothing. Pearl is called a wide variety of names pertaining to the color red in the book such as Ruby, Coral, Red Rose, and a little bird of scarlet plumage. Red is also used by Hawthorne to represent the passion and sensuality of the other characters in the book. Red is used to represent the sin further with the red “A” formed from meteors and the “A” appearing on Dimmesdale’s chest. The wild red rose bush that formed outside of the prison where Hester was being held represented Hester’s place in a Puritan society that would no longer accept her for who she was. Hawthorne states that “This rosebush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history…It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track.” (pg. 23) The meaning to this quote shows how powerful colors can be to show the true emotions of the characters and the setting around them. Secondly, another frequently used color used by Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter (1850) is black. Black is mainly used to represent the darkness and evil that is living throughout this book. It is the absolute worst symbolism color he uses, he uses it to describe the most absolute pure evil. Very early in the book, Hawthorne refers to the prison as the “black flower of civilized society,” (pg 45) meaning it as a place representing evil and darkness. And the black weeds by the gravestone symbolized that man was evil and committed sin. Darkness is occasionally turned to light within the book, suggesting that darkness represents a place of hiding, where true emotions are not shown and characters hide from their problems. Another example of the use of the color black in the book is when Pearl’s eyes are referred to as “small black mirrors,” (pg 76) meaning they are empty and filled with evilness and sin. The Puritan’s refer to Satan and evil beings as the “Black Man” in the forest, as he represents darkness and all that is evil about society. Black is used as a tool to show the most evil part of a person or object, as it can only be countered by the color of white. Third, white is used by Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter (1850) to represent light and change. White is the color employed by Hawthorne to oppose black and darkness as a method of self-containment. Pearl, who has never committed a sin herself, is almost always portrayed with a light shining upon her, symbolizing the good, her existence, coming out of the bad, her conception through adultery. Hester, who is looked down upon by the entire town throughout the book, removed her letter
unquote truths in the story. That is why symbolism plays a major role in the book The Great Gatsby. Symbolism is the most powerful device of allowing the reader to gain knowledge into a character’s personality and of revealing hidden values, knowledge, and ideas. In this paper, I will focus on analyzing Fitzgerald’s use of colors as symbols and try to explain the meaning of color symbolism on the basis of the most meaningful examples. Ill also be using the colors black, green, and pink to symbolize Gatsby…
Symbolic Color in The Color Purple
Oppression is not in the past, perhaps it never will be. Women continue to endure oppression in their everyday lives; husband's, co-workers, peers, and even strangers, underestimate the capabilities women possess. But, women have the power to support one another and fight against male authority. With encouragement, they can overcome the hardship to prove their resilience. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, explores the power of female relationships…
were lots of different ways that this was achieved but the three main ways that I noticed were with color symbolism, and the different amounts of shade and light.
The color symbolism used throughout the film were really important in getting Hawthorne’s point across as it helped to portray different characters emotions and actions without them going out and saying it. One example of this is how the colors grey and blue are used all throughout the movie to symbolize sadness, gloominess, and normality…
many different ways. The two main ways that suspense is used is foreshadowing and symbolism. Without these types of writing, the feeling of suspense would be absent from the story.
The first way that Edgar Allan Poe uses suspense is the use of foreshadowing. In this short story, he used a lot of foreshadowing. One example of foreshadowing is the color of the windows in the last room. They were scarlet color, the color of blood, and this revealed to readers that no good was going to come out of this…
November 5, 2013
Fitzgerald uses color and symbolism to portray deeper meanings in
his work The great Gatsby. Throughout the book he has major symbols,
like the green light on Daisy’s dock, the valley of ashes, Doctor T.J.
Eckleburgs eyes, Daisy herself, etc. Fitzgerald also uses color very
effectively in the book. The two main colors he uses is green and yellow.
Because green and yellow are symbolic for wealth. Here are a few
examples of color and symbolism.
One of the m…
People see colors every day, but to many people, they don't mean anything. When some people think about colors it makes them think of a mood or a feeling. Colors can commonly be used as a way to symbolize something. Symbolism is very common in literature, and in many novels, colors can be used to get the reader involved in the emotions, or feelings going on in the story. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Author F. Scott Fitzgerald often uses colors to display the certain moods, emotions, or feelings…
Mabinogi changes this view by making Shakespeare a grand part of the player’s experience. Likewise, the director Sung June Moon creates a version of Hamlet that appeals to a young audience of gamers by simplifying the play for the audience, creating symbolism in the setting, and presenting a different interpretation of the play. With these important characteristics applied by the director, the scene that best shows his works is Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1.
The director Sung June Moon, appeals…
“Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe Rabinowitz, Daniel
Theme Essay: Character, Setting, and Symbolism English 8 Period 3
CA Standard: Literary Response and Analysis 3.5 January 12 2013
In “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allan Poe, the theme is that nobody, no matter how rich you are, can cheat death. The main character of this story is a greedy, vein, egregious prince names Prospero. In the story, a devastating plague is going around the kingdom dropping…
Emily, the main character, through her life. This story is told from a third person point of view after Emily dies, meaning that this is a flashback type of story. Symbolism is used to describe the house she lives in her whole life, Emily herself, and the people that control Emily through her life.
In the story A Rose for Emily, symbolism is used through Emily’s house. The story talks about the “fresh, with clean, and white walls”, during Emily’s youth showing that the house was also young and innocent…
An Ancient Egyptian-Centered
Analysis of the Colors
HU ID Number: @02624474
February 27, 1967
Indicates energy of the people
Sun, and the sea of the Caribbean island nation
The sun represents the dawning of a new era
Brief Ancient Egyptian-Centered Analysis of the Colors
(Desher) was the victory color in Egypt. It was the color of life. Ancient Egyptians would