Theme and Motif. The Scarlet Letter. What do you think is the message behind this painting? Look at the background. Look at her forehead. The Theme: Mortality. Frida Kahlo: Thinking of Death ( 1943). Look at the background Look at her bed Look at the positions of her and the skeleton
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Theme and Motif
The Scarlet Letter
What do you think is the message behind this painting?
Look at the background.
Look at her forehead.
The Theme: Mortality
Look at the background
Look at her bed
Look at the positions of her and the skeleton
Look at the vines
What’s on the skeleton’s body?
What’s the Theme?
"Life/Death" plants representing the rebirth of life and the skeleton representing death.
Sin, Deceit, Evil, Revenge, Hypocrisy, Isolation
A very hungry fox walked into a vineyard where there was an ample supply of luscious looking grapes. Grapes had never looked so good, and the fox was famished. However, the grapes hung higher than the fox could reach. He jumped and stretched and hopped and reached and jumped some more trying to get those yummy grapes, but to no avail. No matter what he tried, he could not reach the grapes. He wore himself out jumping and jumping to get the grapes.
"Those grapes surely must be sour," he said as he walked away, "I wouldn't eat them if they were served to me on a silver platter.
Theme: It is easy to hate what you cannot have.
A very hungry rooster was scratching and digging in the dirt looking for food. He scratched and dug and finally found a beautiful jewel. He was amazed at how the gem shone glittered.
"This is a very fine and beautiful thing," he thought, "but I would rather have one tasty kernel of corn instead."
Theme: What is a treasure to one may be worthless to another.
Symbolism behind names (Chillingworthis ‘chillingly cold.’) as he seeks revenge.
The recurring motif of the devil supports the theme of evil.
The clothing supports the theme of isolation (the scarlet letter). She is also an outcaste from society, but earns wage with her needlework.
Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart supports theme of guilt