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If one were to possess an imprecise stance on an issue that person would be suspect to change their perceptions This theory of ever-changing perception is present in Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter specifically in the forest scene where Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale meet Hawthornes irresolute feelings of Puritanism coincide with Hesters changing fortune When Hawthorne believes in Puritanism Hester is downhearted and when Hawthorne disagrees with Puritanism and is a romantic Hester is in rather good spirits Before his gravitation to romanticism Hawthorne states that Hester is devoid of morals An ardent Puritan he puts Hester into a moral wilderness in which she had so long been wandering 166 The wilderness she meanders in is an environment lacking Puritan ethics She came upon this forest for sin has irreversibly warped her character an original Puritan ideology Not innocent like her daughter Pearl flitting cheerfulness was always at the further extremity 166 Sin so greatly weighs down her soul that she will never achieve happiness again Hawthorne denies Hester of freewill and thus Hester was not able to avoid her sin In a sense Hawthorne predestines Hester to revel in the depths of Hell yet another Puritan principle As an effort to redeem herself and return to happier days Hester chases after the sunshine with her daughter Sadly as she attempted to do so the sunshine vanished 166 As penance for her sin Hawthorne teases her with the sunshine or as he sees it happiness or Gods grace Whenever light encompasses her surroundings the brightness neglected her and leaves her alone in the gloom of Purgatory Both Pearl and Hester are depressed by this finding and they venture further as they plunge into some gloomier shade 167 Hawthornes or Gods denial of joy to Hester sends her into further gloom represented by pathetic fallacy The youth vitality innocence and glee symbolized by the sun do not dwell in Hester and thus resolves to embark
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