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Transcript of Forest
February 7 2013 Work Cited Page "She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness, as vast, as intricate, and shadowy as the untamed forest, amid the gloom of which they were now holding a colloquy that was to decide their fate. Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods." The forest is seen as a place of natural rather than human authority. In the forest, society’s rules do not apply, and Hester does not listen to societies rules by taking off the letter A and letting her hair down. She also becomes affectionate towards Dimmesdale and starts making plans with him to run away and she would not be able to do that in the town because people would look down upon it. In the forest, Hester is able to be care free and not have to worry about the Puritan rules and is able to make her own decisions. "The child went singing away, following up the current of the brook, and striving to mingle a more lightsome cadence with its melancholy voice. But the little stream would not be comforted, and still kept telling its unintelligible secret of some very mournful mystery that had happened—or making a prophetic lamentation about something that was yet to happen—within the verge of the dismal forest. So Pearl, who had enough of shadow in her own little life, chose to break off all acquaintance with this repining brook" (16.23) Like Pearl, this brook seems to be child-like, but has the deepest darkest secrets. It seems to know everything and isn't a cheery brook out of a fairy tale. Pearl tries to cheer it up, but was unsuccessful. Her mom tells that one can only understand the brook if they suffered in their life. Later on, Hester calls Pearl to come back to the other side of the brook. Pearl hesitates to cross, because that's what divided her world and that of her mothers. To others a forest can be seen as haunted or scary, but in reality, it's full of wonder and mystery of what's beyond the forest. "This rose-bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally overshadowed it, or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson as she entered the prison-door, we shall not take upon us to determine." Nathaniel Hawthorne effectively sets the mood for this dismal novel. The ugliness and rust in the prison and cemetery seems like the last place for any kind of beauty to be. But the rosebush grows contrasting with the depressing backdrop offering a sort of sweetness to this tragic story. In this tale, practically every main character is faced with a dreadful sin or evilness, but within the malice, there is also a pleasant side to each character’s transgression, illustrating hypocrisy. Dartmouth College. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne. 18 December 2011.
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