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In his novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne traces the life of a young lady named Hester Prynne after she receives the shameful punishment of wearing a scarlet letter "A" on her chest. Through the publication, the forest outside the Puritan town serves a place for the characters to show their true selves from the stringent Puritan lifestyle. The forest represents contradictory topics, developing a refuge for love and liberty, but also cultivating darkness and evil. Not only does the seclusion of the woods from society provide freedom to those who opt to carry out bad deeds, but also protection to those searching for clarity and enjoyment. Hester finds relaxation under the forest's compact, imperfect canopy for it mirrors "the moral wilderness where she had so long been wandering" (173). Pearl also connects with character, and like the brook where she frequently playswith, Pearl "danced and sparkled and prattled airily along her own course" (176). Pearl and Hester share an intimate conversation about the scarlet letter in the woods and Hester shows that she "is doomed...