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What Is The Spirit Of The Scarlet Letter In Chapter 18

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Terrence Martin makes an interesting point in this discussion of Hester in chapter 18 when he asserts that the spirit of the scarlet letter has caused Hester to oppose to the spirit of law itself. In this chapter, Hawthorne portrays Hester as a strong minded and independent woman. She is encouraging Dimmesdale to join Pearl and her in Europe, to leave behind the society they live in and even goes as far as to remove her scarlet letter and cap. Having been an outcast from society for so long gave Hester a freedom that was foreign to the minister. The scarlet letter provided Hester with a “passport into regions where other women dare not go” (Hawthorne 317). Hester had a natural bold and fearless mind, that being labeled and outlawed out of society
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