The Scarlet Letter

Reason for preventing the two lovers from leaving for Bristol


I was given an essay question about Hawthorne reasons for preventing the two lovers (Hester and Dimmesdale) from leaving for Europe together? I really have no idea how to formulate this on 1 page long essay...

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Hawthorne didn't leave open endings. His conclusion of the novel doesn't leave us anxiously anticipating the next chapter because it isn't meant to. Having the two leave together with Pearl would have been completely unrealistic and would have involved many additional conflicts within the Puritan community. Thus, it ended with declarations of love, the hug from Pearl (previously denied), and freedom for each of them. Different freedoms, but freedoms none the less.