The boys are also taught to stare at the woman with the scarlet letter.
This fact becomes evident when you see the town’s children staring at Hester and Pearl, which then forces Pearl to run over to them in an angry rampage.
As Hester works, embroidering gloves, blankets and all other garments except for anything having to do with a wedding, the people begin to recognize Hester for her scarlet letter.
They recognize her not for the reason that she bears the scarlet letter, but for having risen against all odds.
When Hester Prynne became pregnant during the absence of her husband she was accused and convicted of adultery.
Her sentence was to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her bosom to let everyone know that she was an adulteress, forevermore.The letter became one with Hester and Hester became the meaning of the scarlet letter.Symbols in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The Scarlet Letter there are a few key symbols that represent major themes throughout the book. The most obvious and well known, as it is in the title, is the scarlet letter Hester is forced to wear.At the start of the novel, the scarlet letter is a symbol of adultery.Hester is forced to wear the symbol as a form of punishment for her loose behavior.Rather than bringing torture to Hester, it eventually becomes a symbol to some people meaning “able.” In chapter 13, Hawthorne writes, “They said that it meant ‘Able’; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength.” A few pages later, Hawthorne writes, “The scarlet letter had not done its office.” The scarlet letter was meant as a punishment for Hester, and yet here we see that it hasn’t punished Hester.Then, in chapter 18, Hawthorne writes, “Thus, we seem to see that, as regarded Hester Prynne, the whole seven years of outlaw and ignominy had been little other than a preparation for this very hour.” Throughout the book, there are various meanings to the scarlet letter.Despite everyone's talk about Pearl, Hester never let that interfere with her mothering Pearl. Hester had a strong devotion to her work as a nurse. Hester's most important accomplishment was her ability to overcome her sentence. This is the most important symbol of the story, and symbolism is a major literary device of the story.The main character, Hester Prynne wore the letter throughout the story, and the letter took every road that the story did.For one, America is a melting pot of many peoples and ideas, as was Hester's "A". Another way that Hester Prynne's "A" symbolizes America, is that they were both shaped by past actions. America was shaped by everything that happened in her past.No matter how Hester had changed, since her act of adultery, at any point in her life, she was forever damned to be labeled as an adulteress with the "A". All the various people and cultures, mistakes she made, and her relationships with other countries.