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Nathaniel Hawthorne felt that the Puritans were people who believed that the world was a place where the battle between good and evil was a never-ending one Throughout the novel Hawthorne uses the symbols of light and dark to depict this battle among the characters Hester Prynne Pearl and Roger Chillingworth After Hester commits her sin her beauty almost immediately vanishes into darkness Her hair no longer hangs freely about her face instead she ties it up in a bonnet Hester is not perceived as an evil person but her sin makes her light hide away The sun is used as a descriptor of the goodness or pure nature of character Because of her sin and the scarlet letter Hester is no longer pure therefore she is not seen in the sun Hawthorne states It was only the darkened house that could contain her When sunshine came again she was not there While on a walk to the forest Pearl Hesters daughter states the sunshine does not love you it runs away and hides itself because it is afraid of something on your bosom This is evidence that the scarlet letter itself may be the cause of Hesters darkness Pearl is the character most recognized for her presence in the sun While at the governors house Pearl notices how brightly the sun shines through the windows She requests that the sunshine be stripped off its front and given to her to play with Hester responds by saying No my little Pearl Thou must gather thine own sunshine I have none to give thee Pearl has been seen as a character that always persists on knowing the truth While in the forest Pearl wants to hear a story from Hester She asks Hester if she has ever seen the Black Man Hester replies that she has seen the Black Man once before This suggests that the Black Man may be her husband Roger Chillingworth
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