The Scarlet Letter Symbols from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotes

The Scarlet Letter

Red symbolizes the glow of Hester's passion. Black represents the devil and sin. Chillingworth, for instance, refers to their shared fate as a "black flower." The inscription on the tombstone Hester and Dimmesdale share… (read full symbol analysis)
The Puritans mean for the scarlet letter to be a symbol of Hester's shame. But the narrator describes the letter as a "mystic symbol" that means many things. The letter does represent Hester Prynne's… (read full symbol analysis)
Pearl is a living symbol, the physical embodiment of Hester and Dimmesdale's sin. In Chapter 19, the narrator even calls Pearl a "living hieroglyphic." Yet Pearl, from her name to her comfort with nature… (read full symbol analysis)