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The Mysterious Forest In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a rigid Puritan society In this society people are not allowed to express their true thoughts and feelings Every human being needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel otherwise the emotions become bottled up until they begin to hurt the person Unfortunately the puritans were not allowed this type of expression Luckily at least for the four main characters Hawthorne has created a forest to give them shelter The forest offers a sanctuary from the harshness of Puritan life symbolizes the character of Pearl and represents evil The forest offers a sanctuary from the harshness of everyday Puritan life In the forest many pivotal characters can bring forth hidden emotions and thoughts The forest trail leads characters away from the Puritan settlement and out into the dense and dark forest This seems to be the only escape for the Puritans in the novel This is the only place where the people can be free from Puritan law and code It is here in the forest that Dimmesdale can express his deep love for Hester and where she can do the same for him The forest is a place where freedom can be established Here nobody watches to report misbehavior as they do in the settlement Here people may do as they wish The forest seems to beg Hester Throw off the shackles of law and religion come to me and be matterlessHawthorne 176 She takes advantage of the forests offer when she meets up with Dimmesdale She openly talks with Dimmesdale about subjects that would never be mentioned in any other place but the forest As they sit on a moss bed Hester tells Dimmesdale What we did Hester reminds him Had a consecration of its own We felt it so we said that to each otherHawthorne 186 Shocked Dimmesdale quickly hushes her for this is the first time
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