How Does Nathaniel Hawthorne Use Nature In The Scarlet Letter

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Naturally Dreadful Nature is the basic characteristic into which something or someone is naturally presented. These characteristics are used in this novel as the scars into which no one is able to escape. Nature in The Scarlet Letter was used as a representation of many ideas and beliefs the puritan society tried to suppress. These representations came throughout the development of the novel as Hester’s escapement and can even be argued that Hawthorne used nature to show the violent and demonic sides of the puritan’s angst.
As the story begins, the tension between the colonist and the unknown adulterer grow with the signs of mockery. “But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rosebush, covered, in this …show more content…

“ All these giant trees and boulders of granite seemed intent on making a mystery of the course of this small brook; fearing, perhaps, that, with its never-ceasing loquacity, it should whisper tales out of the heart of the heart of the old forest whence it flowed, or mirror its revelations on the smooth surface of the pool.” (Hawthorne 124-125) The whisper tales out as Hester and Pearl continue their conversation of the Black Man. This conversation carries out the story Mistress Hibbins told Pearl, the Black Man “...haunts this forest, and carries a book with him, —a big, heavy book, with iron clasps; and how this ugly Black Man offers his book and an iron pen to everybody that meets him here among the trees; and they are to write their names with their own blood. And then he sets his mark on their bosoms!” (Hawthorne 123-124) Pearl’s accusation of Hester meeting the Black Man illustrate the concept of nature being personified and inescapable. The Black Man for the most part seems to be used as the personification of the forest, he is presented as dark and ugly person as like the forest, they’re compared for which it makes us think he is the one listening to his property, Hester admits to Pearl into meeting the Black

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