The Scarlet Letter

Can you list 5 quotes from The Scarlet Letter that has to do with the light and dark symbols from chapters 1-4

It has to be from chapters 1-4 and if you can explain them each

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"She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day; because its existence, heretofore, had brought it acquaintance only with the grey twilight of a dungeon, or other darksome apartment of the prison."

"The door of the jail being flung open from within there appeared, in the first place, like a black shadow emerging into sunshine, the grim and gristly presence of the town-beadle, with a sword by his side, and his staff of office in his hand."

"Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed

and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped."

"She saw her own face, glowing with girlish beauty, and illuminating all the interior of the dusky mirror in which she had been wont to gaze at it."

"Such an interview, perhaps, would have been more terrible than even to meet him as she now did, with the hot mid-day sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame."


The Scarlet Letter

The darkness of the jail symbolizes sin and punishment.

The beadle emerges like a black shadow from the jail..... he is linked to crime and punishment.

Even in her sin, Hester has the look of an innocent (halo).

Again, the slowing light and illumination symbolize innocence.

In this last quote, the sun illuminates her shame.... like a hot blush.