The Scarlet Letter

What positive significance does the forest begin to take on?

In Ch. 16

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The forest is not subject to the Puritan rules and hypocrisy. The irony is that the puritans fear the forest but in fact it is a place where Hester, Dimmesdale and even Pearl can confess the truth, be with each other and be honest. The forest is a wild place of honesty compared to the very ordered hypocrisy of the town.