Bearing the Weight of the Past

When Hester and Dimmesdale met in the forest, they experienced the same passion and happiness that they once had together seven years before. This meeting brought back so many of their dormant emotions that they both doubted whether they were truly together and even questioned if they were ghosts, and Hester even removed her scarlet letter to experience a moment of freedom from the guilt and shame that constantly haunted her.

In her and Dimmesdale’s private meeting in the forest, they both relentlessly expressed their true feelings and secrets to each other in fear of never being together again, and in their time together, they no longer cared about the worldly troubles they previously faced which is why Hester cast away her scarlet letter because of its constant representation of the turmoil that troubled her.

If I were in this situation, I would not have bore the scarlet symbol of adultery for the lifetime that Hester did. In fact, I would not have even taken it up because I would refuse to be labelled by the past. The judgmental practices of the Puritans in the 17th century were wrong and worsened the harsh treatment and expectations on the women. This behavior of judgment is simply unacceptable in my eyes and in the teachings of the New Testament. However, Hester felt as though she was obligated to receive those judgments in order to gain forgiveness and freedom from her guilt when forgiveness from the Father was all she needed.

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