Analysis Of Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Truths Hawthorne’s wilderness is exactly what its name implies: wild. It does not hold the same rules or laws that Puritan civilization does. Instead it presents a myriad of situations and emotions, which make it one of the most important symbols in The Scarlet Letter. However, there is a twist. It doesn’t just symbolize one thing, but two that are distinctly contrary to one another. The forest can be a place of true nature where a person is shown as who they are supposed to be, not who other people make them out to be. The forest can also be a place of uncovering the sin that lies beneath everyone’s mind. These purposes have one thing in common: the revelation of truths.

To the characters, the forest can be a place of solitude and separation that dismantles all of the strict and artificial laws of man. It is here that Hester Prynne may undo “the clasp that fastened the scarlet letter, and, taking it from her bosom, threw it to a distance among the withered leaves” (Hawthorne 138). The scarlet ‘A’ is the epitome of unnatural and restricting guidelines set forth by man, yet within the trees nothing of that kind matters. The forest has served as the setting of Hester’s liberation and has enabled the true form of her to be shown, albeit only to Dimmesdale and Pearl. Through her actions, Hester has used this location to tear away the shackles of Puritanical expectation and define who she really is by the only laws that matter, nature’s.
The forest continues the attempt by…
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