An analysis of the scene in which hester removes her scarlet letter in the novel the scarlet letter

I left him yonder in the forest, withdrawn into a secret dell, by a mossy tree-trunk, and near a melancholy brook!

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Hester and Chillingworth have discussed blame and responsibility, Mistress Hibbins has been introduced, and the narrator has provided commentary throughout on the hypocrisy of various figures. Hawthorne uses three types of romantic topics relating to Pearl. This life of public repentance, although bitter and difficult, helps her retain her sanity while Dimmesdale seems to be losing his. Pearl affects Hester deeply in numerous instances throughout the story. Time resumed its interminable course once again, and the bird flew into the dark depths of the forest. Hester becomes known for her charitable deeds. Like the Puritan community itself, Hester is creating for herself a simplified identity; ironically, this identity is just as much an allegorical caricature as the previous one. In Chapter 4, when he interviews her in the jail, she firmly says, "Ask me not! Serving as a symbol of beauty and solitude, this rosebush foreshadows the dismal tone that will preside over the remainder of the novel and illustrates the beauty of confession and growth in contrast to the suppression and decay apparent within the prison Because the Puritans believe that God allows redemption only for the elect and that salvation is attained solely through faith and the gift of divine grace, Dimmesdale rationalizes that he is a doomed soul and is momentarily attracted to "the solace allowed to the condemned culprit before his execution. She has nothing but her strength of spirit to sustain her. From the other side of the brook, Pearl eyes her parents with suspicion. Hawthorne, N. Go, seek your minister, and see if his emaciated figure, his thin cheek, his white, heavy, pain-wrinkled brow, be not flung down there like a cast-off garment! But the narrator has already provided us with historical information that directly contradicts this sentence.

The letter "A" appears in several places and several forms. She served as the only character besides Hester who behaved according to her personal beliefs, and not the conformities of the Puritans.

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It is the letter that appears on Hester's heart that she is condemned to wear for the remainder of her life. Many characters were added to the film, several of whom were central to the plot.

The Puritans fled Europe out of the desire to live in a place where they would not need to hide their religious affiliations or fear the sanctions of others.

Hester and dimmesdale in the forest

This is the first official recognition in the text of any sort of alternative to the Puritan order, be it natural or intellectual. In his sermon, Dimmesdale spoke of the power of divine love, and how it must exist between Indians and free men and slaves. Yet she continues to lack adult companionship throughout her life. In light of his new view of humanity, he now throws his former manuscript in the fire and writes a newer and better sermon. Top of page Bibliography Arac, J. Shea, D. That thou shalt never know! The bird first glided across the screen when Hester was planting her garden. Joffe silenced all background noise and music while the bird, in nearly slow motion, flapped out of the forest. This idea shows that Pearl is the scarlet letter and the scarlet letter is Pearl. He did not appear to have heart trouble, although it was mentioned when the film commenced that he died before Pearl reached her teens and took a dynamic role in all occasions except for one involving Mistress Hibbins, when he became angry that Hester hid her from the magistrates.

What is the source of this strength? The viewer, however, sees what the townspeople do- only her callused personality.

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