The light that illuminates in the darkness

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, it reads, "...on one side of the portal and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in..." (Hawthorne 46)

This rose-bush seems to have a big significance in the beginning of this book.  The rose-bush really stood out next to the prison.  In my opinion, a prison isn't something positive.  It is the place you go when you get into inescapable trouble.  The place where you can be sentenced to die.  The prison door is the last place that you enter from the outside world.  The rosebush is the last thing that you see before you enter your probable resting place.  It is wild and full of roses.  Hawthorne creates this scene of darkness and sorrow which creates the rosebush to shine even more.  The rosebush creates a sense of hope for the prisoners before they enter the prison.  The rosebush also represents kindness to the prisoner.  Perhaps from nature being it is a wild rosebush.  Even though they have committed something terrible and worthy of such punishment, nature is giving them forgiveness and kindness.  

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