Satire in The Scarlet Letter

Chapter VII 1
"armour on their breasts..."   (Chapter VII)

The armour on the soldier’s breast represent bravery and protection, a direct contrast to the scarlet letter on Hester’s breast which signifies shame and vulnerability. It is ironic that Hawthorne includes this description, perhaps to satirize the idea that men who fight wars and kill are honored while “sinners” like Hester are forever punished in this society.