But the dominating implications of the letter Scarlet A remains a badge of shame for Hester that she is doomed to wear for the rest of her days to come because she has had a child out of wedlock.
Only when Hester picks it up and places it on her bosom that Pearl is mollified. Pearl of courseis the living embodiment of the scarlet letter.
When Dimmesdale confesses his sin in the light of the sun, Pearl is free to become a human being. Black and gray are colors associated with the Puritans, gloom, death, sin, and the narrow path of righteousness through the forest of sin.
Hester is treated as a social outcast and the scarlet letter makes her feel a burning sensation on her bosom. Still later, the letter is an immense red A in the sky, a green A of eel-grass arranged by Pearl, the A on Hester's dress decorated by Pearl with prickly burrs, an A on Dimmesdale's chest seen by some spectators at the Election Day procession, and, finally, represented by the epitaph "On a field, sable, the letter A, gules" gules being the heraldic term for "red" on the tombstone Hester and Dimmesdale share.
Pearl is delighted to see the magnified reflection, which greatly distresses Hester who feels that it is not her own child but an imp making fun of her. Perhaps the most dramatic chapters using these techniques are the chapters comprising the three scaffold scenes and the meeting in the forest between Hester and Dimmesdale.
Exactly like a rose bush, Hester Prynne also can look beautiful as well as wild in her nature, and even survive against all the odds.