REVIEWING THE SCARLETLET TER THROUGH IMAGES AP Language and Composition
MOOD, TONE, SYMBOLISM, THEMES Throughout our reading of the novel, I’ve tried to provide you withimages to help you access the work For your culminating assignments on The Scarlet Letter, you willcomplete an assignment on each of the following terms: • Mood and Tone • Symbolism • Irony To help you review these terms and what they look like, look at thefollowing images
MOOD AND TONE Mood is the feeling you get through the description of setting • This picture has a solemn, or dreary mood. This is attributed to the colors, the darkness of the painting, the gauntness of the characters Tone is the emotion of the piece
MOOD This opening scaffolding scene would appear to have a solemn, serious mood at first • This is reinforced by the darkness of the clothing of the crowd, their expressions, the emotions on their face • You then have Hester standing out, and above them in bright red, with Pearl displayed in pure white What feelings does this give you?
MOOD Think about the physical setting of the novel • Why would Puritans have feared the woods? • Puritans placed towns, places of safety behind stockade walls that were supposed to keep them safe/separated from the dangers that existed beyond • The devil • Indians
SYMBOLISM This woodcutting of the openingscaffolding scene is dominated by thepillory (stock) that frames not only thepicture, but Hester The rest of the scene is indistinctand blurry, but the pillory is clearlyrendered and the shadowing makes it aframe • It represents the many facets of Hester’s punishment
SYMBOLISM Here in the scene from theopening of the book, we havethree separate symbols: • The scarlet letter • Pearl • The rosebush