In the Scarlett Letter, there are several references to symbolism. Wilson, who represents the Church, or Governor Bellingham, who represents the State. Dimmesdale is, artistically, a corollary of Hester; and yet the average writer would not be apt to hit upon him as a probable seducer.
The Imaginative Conservative applies the principle of appreciation to the discussion of culture and politics—we approach dialogue with magnanimity rather than with mere civility. Yet the average mind would have found her an encumbrance. But the problem of Beatrice is more complicated than that of Pearl.
The Scarlet Letter was the first, and the tendency of criticism is to pronounce it the most impressive, also, of these ampler productions. Pearl is also used as the narrator in the film. Her being near nature takes her away from the town, illustrating her alienation. She struggles with her recognition of the letter's symbolism just as people struggle with their moral choices.
Evidently, likewise, it was a source of inspiration, suggesting new aspects and features of the truth, — a sort of witch-hazel to detect spiritual gold. The method of society has been exemplified by the affixing of the scarlet letter on Hester's bosom.
Many characters were added to the film, several of whom were central to the plot.