The Scarlett Letter symbolism In the Scarlett letter the narrator shows a lot of symbolism to represent many ideas. Pearl and her name, which means something precious and valuable. She’s reffered to as devilish because she is the product of sin. Lastly, the mean of the scarlett letter is to be a symbolism of shame to Hester. In his use of symbols, Hawthorne tries to show how Puritan society was, how severe and bad they were.One important symbol in the novel is Pearl. Her name means something valuable and precious, as shown in the following quote. Pearl is a product of a sin but she is the only person Hester had after she was punished, and she was very precious to Hester. She was named Pearl as being a great price. “an imp of evil, emblem and product of sin” One more important symbol in the novel the letter A, which stands for adultery and Hester is forced to wear. It’s a punishment but also a reminder to Hester’s infidelity, and sins. At various point of time in the novel, the letter has different meanings: adultery, sin, sacredness and of course grace .It also represent shame and sin to Hester which will always remain in her heart. “One token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another.” Chapter II, ‘The Market-Place’The scaffold is also an important symbol in the scarlett letter, because the scaffold scenes are one of the most dramatic scenes in the scarlett letter.It has two major meanings: humiliation and reconciliation. The scaffold was a punishment, and also public humiliation to the sinners part of puritan’s culture and tradition at the time. Both Dimmesdale and Hester felt shameful on the scaffold, it even caused spiritful pain to Dimmesdale which followed him until his death.”From this intense consciousness of being the object of severe and universal observation, the wearer of the scarlet letter was at length…..”(Chapter 3, Pg. 55)There are many symbolism in the scarlett letter , the three major symbols are Pearl’s name which symbolizes something valuable and precious , the letter “A” meaning adultery, public shame, sin…, and also scaffold: shame of Hester and Dimmesdale. Nathaniel Hawthorn shows symbolism but also Putritan’s laws and traditions.