The Scarlet Letter

Forest and Scaffold

Why Forest and Scaffold is significant in the scarlet letter?

and What is the significance?

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The forest is where Dimmesdale and Hester can shed their pretences. It is a place Puritans believe is full of witchery but it's actually the opposite. The forest is a place of freedom where the truth comes out, it is where Hester and Dimmesdale bear their souls and heal themselves. The Scaffold ends up being a public confessional. It is the place where secrets once kept are finally shed and the truth is finally revealed and guilt is purged.