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The country setting of the town and the forest contrasting each other is significant to the book The Scarlet Letter This symbolic contrast light versus darkness helps the reader feel and understand the struggle with good versus evil in thought and actions When Hester and Pearl meet with Dimmesdale in the forest the darkness of the forest symbolizes the sadness in Hesters head So black and dense on either side 172 This short but descriptive sentence symbolizing not only the solitary dark and gloomy forest but also the thoughts of Hester Prynne Similar to the darkness of the forest the isolation and privacy the forest is also symbolic The forest is a place Hester chooses to meet with Dimmesdale because their conversation is kept private to hide their actions which has caused them misery The private secluded forest is a symbol of Hester being treated as an outcast to the citizens She doesnt associate and share her thoughts with others This keeps her thoughts remote and secretive just like her conversation in the forestChillingworth who is known as the black man because of the guilt he gives to Dimmesdale represents the darkness of the forest The darkness surrounding Hester and Dimmesdale as they converse about their sins sets a somber tone Likewise Chillingworth causes Dimmesdale to suffer in the darkness of sin because of the great regret he has for his mistakesContrasting the dark and secretive forest and the bright shafts of light shining through the trees and on the exposed city symbolizes the good actions and thoughts of characters such as Pearl Pearl causes small bursts of happiness for Hester in Hesters darkest hours Pearls presence as a beloved companion to Hester is symbolized by the small shafts of sunlight that shine through the forest No golden light had ever been so precious as the gloom of this dark forest 184
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