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When Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the Scarlet Letter he based it on a rigid Puritan society Such a society was grounded on the belief that God was their master and they lived under his watch and command A puritan society is one in which the individual is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets That was a major problem for the main characters of the story as their lives were occupied with numerous issues As they were unable to release such secrets in public they were forced to go elsewhere to discharge their personal sufferings and desires For the four main characters Hester Chillingsworth Dimmesdale and Pearl the forest symbolized a sanctuary or place of refuge from the harsh Puritan world around themThe forest was seen to be a dark and mysterious place one where most did not venture The forest was thought to be home of the black man and his corrupt followers A meeting spot where they held immoral ceremonies and participated in unrighteous acts Yet to Hester Pearl and Dimmesdale the forest was a place of refuge where they could be themselves and not have to worry about acting like the rest of the Puritans Not only did they feel free but also they became in a sense new peopleWhen Hester is first released from prison she steps into the world with the sunshine beaming down upon her Sunny rays would seem to most as a sign of a fresh beginning yet to Hester the suns only purpose was to reveal the scarlet letter on her breast75 The suns purpose is similar to that of the townspeople They put the letter upon her breast for all to see what evil sin she had committed and the suns beams were present only to accentuate this Despite all the townspeople looking down upon her Hester refuses to give up moving only to the edge of town instead of far away Here she
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