The Scarlet Letter

My question is what is the substance of this story?

Theres alot of symbolism in this story

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Substance of the story can mean a lot of things. I think that thematically the substance of the story is to illustrate the difference between shaming someone in public and allowing him or her to suffer the consequences of an unjust act privately. Hester bares her unfair branding with a sense of pride and virtue.