Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
A look at the reasons why the confinements of the forest provide the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale, with freedom.
This paper explores the reasons that Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale can only be free within the confines of the forest to communicate their love, their sin, and their future plans. The paper contends that without the forest the plot development would have gone in an entirely different direction.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, society evolves around very rigid and harsh Puritan beliefs. In such a society, people are not free to express themselves as well as they are able to today. This restriction causes a negative effect because it is necessary for humans to be able to express their deep thoughts and desires. Therefore people had to find ways and places to express themselves outside of the knowledge of the public. Satisfaction and truth was found in the confinements of the forest just outside the Puritan city of Boston.