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What is the significance of the scarlet letter A which is embroidered on Hester's gown?


The scarlet letter embroidered on Hester’s gown is a symbol of her crime of adultery. When some townspeople criticize the beautiful way it has been stitched onto her clothing, it is realized that not only is it a physical punishment, but an emotional one as well incorporating the mortification she feels at having to wear the letter and of openly displaying her offense for the public to see.


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