The Role of Nature and Society in Nathaniel Hawthrone´s The Scarlet Letter

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This conversation takes place a few days after Hester and Dimmesdale’s tryst in the forest; indeed, whatever happens in the forest must remain hidden from the public. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne expressly forms a strict distinction between nature and society, essentially glorifying nature and vilifying society. By doing so, Hawthorne argues that nature provides individuals a place to truly be at their best; society, on the other hand, corrupts the mind of the individuals by forcing conformity.
Throughout the course novel, Hawthorne continually depicts society as evil, ignorant, and corrupt. As a group of people await the arrival of Hester Prynne at the opening of the novel, Hawthorne begins to set the scene of the town. “A throng of bearded men, in sad-coloured garments and grey steeple-crowned hats, inter-mixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes” (72). Here, Hawthorne’s strong, negative use of diction conveys his pessimistic attitude towards society. By presenting the crowd as a “throng,” Hawthorne provides the imagery of almost a mob-like group. The fact that even the non-clergy members of the church, as suggested by their “steeple-crowned” hats, indicate that they, too, have…
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