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Light In Scarlet Letter

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The mind is a human’s greatest advantage as well as one’s greatest disadvantage. The mind can remind people of when they are at their worst. It eats away at a person as their mistakes are replayed over and over in their head. Some ease their mind by airing their pain to those who will listen. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses sunlight to communicate the idea that it is best to acknowledge one’s wrongdoings in order to live a life without torment and heartache.
Sunlight is used to communicate the idea that it is best to acknowledge one’s sins when it touches Hester upon removing the scarlet letter. Pearl states that “‘The sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something
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This is shown when the forest is first described with “The trees impending over it had flung down great branches, from time to time, which choked up the current and compelled it to form eddies and black depths at some points” (Hawthorne 140). The trees create a darkness that chokes out the light and happiness of the rest of the woods, acting as the opposite of what sunlight is. That means that the forest as a whole is where sin is hidden and repressed due to the darkness that it creates, which is why people like Dimmesdale come here for comfort. When Hester removes the scarlet letter, “The objects that had made a shadow hitherto embodied brightness now. The course of the little brook might be traced by its merry gleam afar into the wood’s heart of mystery, which had become a mystery of joy” (Hawthorne 158). After someone such as Hester finally “steps out of the darkness” and acknowledges their sin, which in Hester’s case would be the removal of the letter, only then does the darkness truly dissipate. The forest, which acts as a place of hidden sin, now becomes a place of joy and happiness as the sunlight engulfs the woods, only further showing the acknowledgment of sin in a greater
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