Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter, there are many events in which he uses to contrast one another in order to highlight certain aspects of the message he is trying to convey. Some people might say that the Scaffold would prove to be a suitable contrast to the Forest, however, the Town provides a much better contrasting element to the Forest; as truth is welcomed in the Forest and punished in the Town. That opinion is evident throughout the novel as the themes of secrets, nature, and the hypocrisy of the Puritan society exemplify it clearly.
Throughout the novel, the foundation has been based upon two main points, humility and the impact of secrets on an individual character. The latter of the two is a major theme in the book as events show the powerful impact that secrets can have on a person. The first example of this is an event towards the end of the novel when Dimmesdale elects to finally speak the truth upon the Scaffold, "there was no one place so secret--no high place nor lowly place where thou couldst have escaped me--save me on this very scaffold!" (Hawthorne, 248). As Dimmesdale cries out his final remarks before his death he speaks of that secret he has held for seven years as if it was a monster that had been slowly devouring him. The immense pressure a secret of that magnitude holds ended up ending Dimmesdale 's life painfully and slowly as the Town’s culture that created that pressure saw Dimmesdale take his last breathe. The next example is one that…

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