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Often in society people are placed under a microscope and criticized punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets Every human being needs the opportunity to express how he or she truly feels otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become so compacted they erupt Unfortunately Puritan society does not permit this kind of expression thus characters must seek out alternate means to relieve their personal anguishes and desires Luckily for Hester Prynne Arthur Dimmesdale Pearl and Roger Chillingworth Hawthorne provides such a sanctuary in the form of the mysterious forest The forest is used to provide a shelter for members of society in need of a refuge from daily life The Scarlet Letter expresses how certain characters live and deal with choices they have made and the consequences following their actions Of these characters the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and his accomplice in sin Hester Prynne are doomed to wear their own marks of punishment for eternity The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne ignoring their religious faith fall blindly in to one night of temptation thus producing a daughter and simultaneously concealing half of the childs identity to protect her fathers respectable position and flawless reputation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Although when Roger Chillingworth appears back in Hesters life on the day of her public humiliation punishment on the scaffold she keeps his true identity a secret even though his ultimate goal is to destroy Dimmesdale once he finds out who he is In the deep dark portions of the forest many of the pivotal characters bring forth hidden thoughts and emotions The forest track leads away from the settlement out into the wilderness where all signs of civilization vanish The forest is precisely the escape from strict mandates of law and religion
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