The Scarlet Letter Quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Hester is trying to persuade Dimmesdale to leave their town and begin a new life with her. She points out that he is so attached to something that is only temporary and man-made, in contrast with the natural world all around them. By suggesting that the physical town is something artificial, Hester also implies that the rules and expectations of the community are arbitrary and simply made up by other human beings.
'The Scarlet Letter' Quotes Explained
But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rosebush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him. Um, maybe. Or you could just see this little rosebush as a mockery. If we were heading off to be executed or publicly shamed, we might want everything to look as miserable as we felt. But the proprietor appeared already to have relinquished as hopeless the effort to perpetuate on this side of the Atlantic, in a hard soil and amid the close struggle for subsistence, the native English taste for ornamental gardening. Nature on this side of the Atlantic is so tough that even the rich people can't manage to have nice gardens.
In The Scarlet Letter , nature stands in contrast to Puritanism. Where Puritanism is merciless and rigid, nature is forgiving and flexible. This contrast is made clear from the very first page, when the narrator contrasts the "black flower" of the prison that punishes sin with the red rose bush that he imagines forgives those sentenced to die. The theme of nature continues with the forest outside Boston, which is described as an "unchristianized, lawless region. The forest, which provides a measure of comfort and protection that exists nowhere in society, is also the only place where Hester can reunite with Dimmesdale. When Hester moves to the outskirts of Boston, the narrator says she would have fit in better in the forest.
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself. This is the first moment the town sees Prynne adorned in the eponymous item, which she must wear as punishment for having birthed a child out of wedlock.
Toggle navigation. It seemed to me-the reader may smile, but must not doubt my word-it seemed to me, then, that I experienced a sensation not altogether physical, yet almost so, as of burning heat, and as if the letter were not of red cloth, but red-hot iron. I shuddered, and involuntarily let it fall upon the floor. Dimmesdale to have it on their chests. Standing side by side, the rose bush and the prison warns readers that they will find many aspects of human nature in the following story - justice and mercy, beauty and ugliness, sin and forgiveness, honesty and hypocrisy- whereas rose represents positive side and prison the negative one. It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendour in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony. Hester is aware of her sin and by making the letter herself, she shows that she is the owner of with her sin, as well as life.