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The Head verses the Heart in The Scarlet Letter There are many conflicts in The Scarlet Letter but the most predominant is the conflict between the law and the will of the heart While we have to live and abide by the law we must also consider the emotions of our heart It is often these emotions which guide if not dictate our everyday decisions When these choices take us on a path that is contrary to the law conflict inevitably arises Removing emotions from the decision making process allowing us to logically and obediently follow the dictates of the law is something that we humans as mortals are often incapable of The law in Puritan towns and colonies was very strict These laws reigned supreme They accused mentally ill people of practicing witchcraft instead of using logic to tell otherwise After being convicted the witches would not be imprisoned they would be stripped of the only possession left- their life An example of this is Mistress Hibbons who allowed the laws to convince her that she was a servant to the Prince Satan himself Another example of these unsympathetic omnipresent laws is when a spouse is lost and can not be found When this occurs the widow most likely wants to get on with her life but the widow can not have any type of relationship with anyone until seven years after the incident This would be a constant reminder of the loss of a loved one to the point where they would go insane There are some who could not bear this law and went against it A good example of this is the relationship between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale Hester Prynnes husband was lost at sea and thought to be dead After two years of mourning Hester could bear the pain no longer and entered into an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale From their relationship came a childwho was
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