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					What Do Windows Symbolize
   in The Scarlet Letter?
“ ‘Mother,’said little Pearl, ‘the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because
  it is afraid of something on your bosom. . . . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my
  bosom yet!’ ‘Nor ever will, my child, I hope,’ said Hester. ‘And why not, mother?’ asked Pearl,

      stopping short. . . . ‘Will it not come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?’ ”

                                  Jiro Boghossian
                                    Mrs. Halajian
                                  11 AP Language
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Derives from the Middle English
 vindauga, “eye of the wind”(vindr
 = wind + auga = eye).
Mainly used to conceal or to open
 for light to shine in.
Windows-What Are They?
In The Scarlet Letter we see windows as
 a huge symbol with both negative and
 positive connotations.
However, why would Nathaniel
 Hawthorne use this symbol?
In regards with other works of
 literature, do other writers use this
 symbol as a tool?
      Hmm…What else?
Yes, it is true that other writers use
 windows as a symbol, but mainly it has
 a positive connotation.
However, windows do have negative
 connotations; Windows symbolize an
 omen to come or something that might
 effect a character drastically.
         Now on to the Good
 The Scarlet Letter has many
  examples of windows; One
  of the many examples of
  windows used as a positive
  connotation are as follows.
 “Then, however, there was the
  freshness of the passing year on
  its exterior, and the cheerfulness,
  gleaming forth from the sunny
  windows, of a human habitation,
  into which death had never
  entered” (Pg 85).
 More of the Good Stuff…
Another passage that yields
 positive connotations are as
“But the child, unaccustomed to the
 touch or familiarity of any but her
 mother, escaped through the open
 window, and stood on the upper step,
 looking like a wild tropical bird of
 rich plumage, ready to take flight into
 the upper air”(Pg 92).
      No more Sunshine…
 As to all things positive, there are
  negatives. In The Scarlet Letter, we see
  the antithesis of shadow and light greatly
  played with windows.
 “The affair being so satisfactorily concluded,
  Hester Prynne, with Pearl, departed from the
  house. As they descended the steps, it is averred
  that the lattice of a chamber-window was thrown
  open, and forth into the sunny day was thrust the
  face of Mistress Hibbins Governor Bellingham's
  bitter-tempered sister, and the same who, a few
  years later, was executed as a witch” (Pg 96).
  Lachrymose yet Jubilant

As the book progresses, we see that
 windows become an even darker
“It was as if a window were thrown
 open, admitting a freer atmosphere into
 the close and stifled study, where his life
 was wasting itself away, amid lamp-
 light, or obstructed day-beams, and the
 musty fragrance, be it sensual or moral,
 that exhales from books” (Pg 102).
   What’s the difference?
Okay, when we think of “light” the first
 thing we refer to is a holy figure-such
 as God. Being a religiously bound book,
 your mind should instantly look to
 religious figures.
However, there are “dark” passages
 which refer to Satan himself or the
 coming of death. “Dark” passages could
 also describe the social disposition of
(I’m not analyzing “light” and “dark”)
Now how do I know that?
In many texts, writers use
 windows as a portal between
 worlds. When I say portal I mean
 as in two different perspectives of
Also, windows are a way to escape
 something or to avoid a problem.
 Windows give you a view of the
 world as if you are looking from
 the “outside in.”
  You’ve never thought of
Now, windows are not so physical;
 Windows are actually more
 metaphysical and spiritual rather than
Windows provide sight into some one’s
 mind or actions. Windows allow you to
 see things that others can’t. Windows
 allow you to be protected from harm
 and danger.
      More, More, More!
Fear- “ ‘You speak in riddles,
 learned sir,’ said the pale minister,
 glancing out of the window.
Sight- “At another window of the
 same house, moreover appeared
 old Mistress Hibbins, the
 Governor’s sister, also with a
 lamp, which even thus far off
 revealed the expression of her
 sour and discontented face.”
Shadowy Light- Maybe it’s
     just Twilight.
 There are many combinations of light and dark
  within the book’s bindings. By using antithesis,
  Hawthorne establishes a feeling of both bright
  light and creeping shadow.
“At one extremity, this spacious room was
 lighted by the windows of the two towers,
 which formed a small recess on either side of
 the portal. At the other end, though partly
 muffled by a curtain, it was more powerfully
 illuminated by one of those embowed hall
 windows which we read of in old books, and
 which was provided with a deep and cushion
Symbolic Images
       One more thing!
There are many symbols in this
 novel; Many of the symbols, you
 might think, are strange and very
 weird, but actually they are all
 connected. By analyzing all of the
 symbols we are able to determine
 the true aspects of the scarlet
 letter and even The Scarlet Letter.

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