Nature Vs. Town Journal: Huck Finn Essay

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| In The Scarlet Letter, the forest is a place of honesty while the town is a place of secrecy. The situations that occur in the forest are not to be spoken of in the market-place. ““Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!” whispered her mother. “We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.”” (116). The reader will also notice how Hester lives in the outskirts of the town. She knows that in town, she is judged and frowned upon by the people. “It stood on the shore, looking across a basin of the sea at the forest-covered hills, towards the west. A clump of scrubby trees, such as alone grew on the peninsula, did not so much conceal the cottage from view, as seem to denote that here was some object which would fain have been, or at least out to be, concealed.” (39). Where her house is located represents both town and nature. It connects the town because she was still judged at her house. “Children, too young to comprehend wherefore this woman should be shut from the sphere of human charities, would creep nigh enough to behold her plying her needle at the cottage-window, or standing in the doorway, or labouring in her little garden, or coming forth along the pathway that led townward; and, discerning the scarlet letter on her breast would scamper off, with a strange, contagious fear.” (39). Also, her cottage is connected to the forest because, since it lies apart from the town, she is able to create a life filled with peace. The forest is also filled with secrecy because Pearl was conceived in the dark. Hester will do tasks in the forest that are not allowed in the town. For example, she takes of the scarlet letter, and that is where Dimmesdale’s and Hester’s affair took place. “Such was the sympathy of Nature – that wild, heathen Nature of the forest, never subjugated by human law, nor illumined by higher truth – with

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