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Scarlet Letter In Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life evolves around a rigid and harsh Puritan view In this society people are not free to express themselves as well as they are today This is very sad because it is a necessity for humans to be able to express their deepest thoughts and desires Unfortunately the Puritan society did not permit this so people had to find other ways to satisfy their needs For two of these characters the satisfying of their urges condemn their fate in life Hester and Dimmesdale a reverend have an affair which costs Hester life as she knew it The only place where these two people were free was in the confinements of the forest As much as freedom and confinement is a paradox it makes perfect sense You will gain the freedom of expression in the confinement of that expression The forest was the only place this could be accomplished The forest was Hester and Dimmesdales sanctuary throughout the novel because they could freely communicate their love their sin and their future plans Being able to confess to someone a sin you have committed is one of the finest feelings The forest provided that ability to Hester and Dimmesdale At one point Hester comes right out and brings up the committed sin What we did had a consecration of its own We felt it so pg 179 When Dimmesdale first hears this bold statement he is somewhat distraught and tells Hester to Hush and then he realizes the freedom they have May God forgive us both We are notthe worst sinners in the world pg 179 There is no way that Dimmesdale would have become this bold if he were in spectacle of the Puritan society Once again a warm blanket that the forest lay upon Hester and Dimmesdale It is apparent that there is a mutual love between Hester and Dimmesdale Although there are very few quotes which will
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