In “The Scarlet Letter”, Nathaniel Hawthorne setting up a sad story about human weakness and the loss of a dream, “The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness”. It is really a story of hope, because there is always hope no matter how dark it looks. The prison is a dark and dreary place, but the little and the rose-bush offers brightness and hope, showing that there is always something good in life to offset the bad and lead one back to hope for the future.
With his introduction, the author shows the reader “the beetle-browed and gloomy front” of the prison door and talks about the colony’s “first burial-ground”, a cemetery in the church yard. “The founders of a new Utopia” still must have a place for the dead and for people who break the law. No matter how high our hopes, there is always reality around the corner. He is saying that there is always a dark side and a light side of light; that there is always times of times of hopelessness and hope’s “delicate gems”.
We find a new hope in “this rose-bush” outside the prison’s “ugly edifice”. Even in this dark and dreary place that looks hopeless, there is there is “some sweet moral blossom” that makes us feel like maybe we will be ok in the end. There is hope for the prisoner, so maybe there is hope for the colony and “relief for the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow”.
Just like there is hope outside the prison and the cemetery, there is always hope inside of us as well. Outside the poison, the rose-bush may offers a glimmer of lightness and hope. Despite how dark how the cycles of human of weakness look, there is hope for the future .
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