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The Scarlet Letter a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1840 is mainly about the Boston Puritans of the 1600s In this novel Hester Pryne has to wear an elaborately designed A on her breast because it represents that she is an adulteress Hawthorne uses numerous themes to show his views on man and society and the two important themes he discusses are isolation and that true repentance must come from within 72 Hawthorne had used many ways of showing isolation in this novel For example Dimmsedale Hester and Pearl are atop the scaffold when a light gleamed far and wide over all the muffled sky It was doubtless caused by one of those meteorsthe minister looking upward to the zenith beheld there the appearance of an immense letter-the letter A-marked out in lines of dull red light 150 152 This shows that this is Gods punishment of the two sinners most especially Dimmesdale This also shows that Hester has already been discovered and is receiving her punishment by wearing the scarlet letter branding her as an adulteress and keeping her socially isolated and it shows Hester estranged from society In addition we see a plant which stands out But on one side of the portal and rooted almost at the threshold was a wild rosebush covered with its delicate gems Hawthorne 46 This shows that this rosebush is like Hester for it too stands out as wild and d ifferent This also shows that they both stand separate from their surroundings In conclusion Hawthorne shows that sin known or unknown to the community isolates a person from their community and God 198 Hawthorne also used many ways of showing how true repentance can come from within For example Hawthorne writes No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another
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