The Scarlet Letter

chapter 12

What is the significance of the meteor ?

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The Puritans interpreted meteor showers as messages from God. They saw them as warnings. The Puritan community saw the meteor as a sign that their deceased governor had been an angel (remember the meteor is in the shape of an A). Whereas Dimmesdale interpreted it as a sign of his own sin. Dimmesdale believes the meteor is a personal sign to him; the colony sees it in a broader context.