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Isolation experienced in the Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne This essay describes how the theme isolation is experienced by Hester Pearle and Dimmesdale What do you think about when you hear The Scarlet Letter Many strong emotions are probably stirring up in your mind Nathaniel Hawthorne the author of this superb novel incorporated multiple well-known themes The ones he used were very important but the one that stood out the most was isolation Many characters throughout the story such as Hester Pearl and Dimmesdale experienced isolation the consequence of sin In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter the theme with the greatest amount of emotional meaning and importance is isolation Hester Prynne the scarlet letter bearer who committed adultery is the protagonist that experiences isolation the most throughout the novel As the consequence of her sin she is separated from her community and from her family Hester is kept isolated from her community in many ways First of all when she is on the scaffold she is casted away from the rest of the townspeople she ascended a flight of wooden steps and was thus displayed to the surrounding multitude at about the height of a mans shoulders about the street 51 Another example is when she walks around the town displaying her scarlet letter and being shunned by the people especially the other women nobody else knows what that feels like having to wear the letter A Mrs Prynne is also separated from the rest of society including the elders women and children when she is released from prison and moves into a small cottage on the outskirts of the town within the verge of the peninsula but not in close vicinity to any other habitation 75 Hester is also isolated from her own family At times she is distant from Pearl emotionally because Hester is unable to tell her daughter the real meaning of the scarlet letter Hester
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