Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1458 Words Oct 12th, 2015 6 Pages
“Civilization largely consists in hiding human nature”, a quote by Opie Read, which holds true in The Scarlet Letter. Throughout the novel, many lies were told, sins committed and acts of hate and discrimination occurred in the town, which was thought to be civilized, pure and in strict order. On the other hand in the forest, which was viewed as a place where immortality and sins were committed, actually has the opposite meaning than it’s suspected to represent. The forest was where some characters escaped to in order to find feelings of freedom, forgiveness and acceptance from nature. It is very important to remember that even though a place is thought to represent one concept, its actual representation can be the exact opposite than what some perceive it as. It is extremely apparent that civilization and nature contrast each other throughout the novel which contributes to one of the main themes. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses two main contrasting places, the forest and the town, to convey a theme that the natural world is more forgiving and accepting than man, who is hateful and discriminatory.
Each the forest and town had two contrasting meaning, and also were viewed differently between the Puritans a few characters throughout the novel. In the eyes of a Puritan the forest is a dangerous place of unknown. The Puritans physically viewed the forest as being dark and evil looking. They believed it was a place where witchcraft happened. The Puritans…

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