The Importance Of Exile In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Over the years, exile has always been a method of rehabilitation. Sometimes it 's through exile from society, such as jail, or from other humans for example solitary confinement. But many people have always questioned whether it’s a technique used to give time of solitude in order to better oneself, or as an attempt to punish the perpetrator. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's book, “The Scarlet Letter”, exile has a profound effect on one of the main characters, Pearl. Exile has led Pearl to create a strong independent sense of thinking, but it also has left her with both a reckless and brash behavior. Through the changes that Pearl’s personality encounters, the reader is able to decipher the hidden meanings within the story.
During the novel, exile was beneficial for Pearl because she develops her own sense of thinking and is able to stand up for what she believes in. One example of this is when Pearl is able to understand that the other children mistreating her mother by flinging mud is illogical and immoral, so as a defense, she attempts to run at the other children in order to scare them away. Through the manner in which she runs reveals her sense of thinking. “She resembled, in her fierce pursuit of them, an infant pestilence, - the scarlett fever, or some such half-fledged angel of judgment, whose mission was to punish
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Within the novel “Scarlet Letter”, Pearl’s experience with exile forces her to never back down from what she believes in, but also, leaves her speaking about whatever has entered her mind without thinking about the repercussions. Nevertheless, a combination of both these results lead the reader into the hidden cracks of information in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's work. All in all, this calls to affect whether exile is really beneficial to a person who has committed an unjust act. Do the benefits actually outweigh the consequences, or is exile detrimental to the person 's

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