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Written by Nathanial Hawthorne The Scarlett Letter focuses on interrogating the reader and developing confession in the world today Throughout the novel Hester struggles to confide in others and herself Hawthorne writes From this intense consciousness of being the object of severe and universal observation the wearer of the scarlet letter was at length relieved by discerning on the outskirts of the crowd a figure which irresistibly took possession of her thoughts 41 The author emphasizes the effect of honesty and dishonesty as well as asking why one should confess and who is one confessing to Through descriptions of Hester as agonizing and protective Hawthorne exposes confession by revealing the want to protect others from the harsh reality that results from honesty confiding is unnecessary and elicits no self-satisfaction and one always dishonest with themselves and others even when confessing Nathaniel Hawthornes descriptions of Hester as a mother reveal a firm and protective side illuminating her desire to teach Pearl the benefits of being reserved She hopes this will keep Pearl from facing bitter life experiences Hold thy peace dear little PearlWe must not always talk in the market place of what happens to us in the forest164 Hawthorne exposes Hesters maternal extinct to protect Pearl from the suffering she herself had once endured it the scarlet letter daily teaches me-it is teaching me at this moment-lessons where of my child may be the wiser and better albeit they can profit nothing to myself 76 This shows that the author continues to portray Hester as a teacher of Pearl who continuously learns the boundaries of what to say and how to behave Hawthorne mentions But she said it with a hesitation that did not escape acuteness of the child which indicates Hesters constant reconsideration of what is acceptable for Pearl to know at such a young age 67 Furthermore the writer states Standing alone in the world-alone as to any dependence on society
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