She does this without the Puritans of the town judging her. The forest lets her do whatever she wants in it, and not be seen or punished for it by the Puritans. To the Puritans an act like that would be very sinnester, and would receive great punishment. A true Puritan according to their law should never endulge themselves. The forest hid these aspects of Hester from the Puritans, and allowed for lots of freedom.
She explains that the only reason she does not sign is because Pearl is still in her life. At this time the forest itself is a open door to another world, a wicked world that would take her away from her present situation, but that is not the only door that the forest holds. The forest is an open door to love and freedom for both Hester and Dimmesdale. It is a place where the letter on their bodies can no longer have an effect on them if they choose. A world ruled by nature and governed by natural law as opposed to the artificial strict community with its man made puritan laws.
Come to me, and be masterless.” Of coarse Hester takes advantage of this when she meets with Dimmsdale in the forest. She talks to him about things they could never imagine to discuss in any other place except the forest. “What we did had a concecration of its own, we felt it so, we said to eachother.” Dimmsdale is shocked and tries to hush Hester but realizes he is in the safety of the forest and no one else may hear them. Just the thought of Hester speaking to Dimmsdale in their society is un mentionable. Yet in the forest they may feel free to do as they wish and not have to worry about any one else knowing.
She most have this imaginary character hold herself up to avoid further consequences. Hester primarily wishes Pearl to hold a sense of dignity, respectfulness and not reveal her mother’s secrets and her plan to flee. On another note, Hester’s statement suggests that plans made in the forest, place of fantasy, freedom and possibility , will not withstand the publics watch of the marketplace. This Utopian fantasy is not an option when at the heart of the Puritan society, where order, strict nature, and harsh punishment reign.
This pressure to adhere to numerous strict rules was metaphorically compared to a difficult journey down a narrow, winding road in the forest with little light. The Puritanical way of life curbed deviant behavior and is a justification for Hester's sin because every so often, everyone strays from the path but it the reaction to the wrongdoings that should be defining and Hester remained strong and took the consequences. Another main idea within the Puritan community was the disallowance of toleration. They did not tolerate any behavior outside their ideals and laws because it broke the uniformity of the religion. Again, Hawthorne uses the metaphor of a road to portray this idea within the Puritan society.
One Puritan says, speaking of Hester's sin, "Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal have come upon his congregation" (38). Immediately, Dimmesdale is shown to the readers as not only concealing his sin, but also being hypocritical in his condemnation of a sin that he himself has also committed. On the very same page, Hawthorne speaks of the "dismal severity of the Puritanic code of law" (38). From the beginning of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dismal, a dark and evil ... ... middle of paper ... ... thing that frees one of evil and shame is revealing his sin. Hawthorne foreshadows the death and demise of Dimmesdale from the beginning of the book by keeping him cast in a dark shadow with an aching heart.
The trees are described as that “which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through” (449).This immediately brings to mind the old adage of the straight and narrow road, which generally considered a moral and ethical means of conducting oneself. Further strengthening this sentiment is the narrator’s description of this path as “as lonely as can be” (449). The straight and narrow road is often described as a lonely one, because it’s believed that most people will take the easiest way possible. In this light, the forest represents all that is evil in this world or the path of sinners. As Young Goodman Brown gets deeper into the forest he wonders whether he will encounter the devil himself (449).
It is the ultimate form of hypocrisy as the Town was fully aware of the activities of Mistress Hibbins, but because of her relation to the Governor nothing will become of her nefarious activities. In the end, the Town is incredibly hypocritical as it is more concerned with the crime that Hester committed many years ago, instead of the widely illegal witchcraft that the sister of the Governor practices. It is obvious to see the stark contrasts between the hypocritical attitude of the Town, and the forgiving inclination of the Forest in the novel, The Scarlet
The town is fully led by the influence of religion and the laws of God. Meanwhile, the forest is a place of emotion and passion. The forest can be a type of sanctuary where people can go and let all of their feelings out, but the townspeople of afraid of it. In the wilderness, there are no laws so people are able to express their emotions. The forest represents Hester in a way because they are both outcasts and people stay away from them.
The movement of the light represents Hester's constant denial of acceptance. Hester's lack of surprise and quick suggestion to go into the forest, where it is dark, shows that she never expected to be admitted and is resigned to her station in life. Another way light and darkness is used in symbolism is by the way Hester and Dimmesdale's plan to escape is doomed. Hester and Dimmesdale meet in the shadows of the forest with a gloomy sky and a threatening storm overhead when they discuss their plans for the future (200). The gloomy weather and shadows exemplify the fact that they can't get away from the repressive force of their sins.