At the time, Boston was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had been established after the first group of English settlers arrived in Plymouth in No matter how many prisons they build, the Massachusetts Bay Colony is surrounded by vast expanses of forest and ocean.
Take heed how thou deniest to him — who, perchance, hath not the courage to grasp it for himself — the bitter, but wholesome, cup that is now presented to thy lips! The meeting between Dimmesdale and Hester takes place in the forest, away from the stern, repressive laws of society.
When Chillingworth asks a person in the crowd about Hester's crime, he is told that the sentence was softened from death by "their [the magistrates and ministers'] great mercy and tenderness of heart" because she is a beautiful widow and probably was "tempted to her fall.
There were few gray areas in the standards of behavior expected by the Puritans and taught early to their children.
For Hester Prynne, the penalty for fornication. This leads to Hester changing her weakness of adultery to the strength of being able to help out others. You'd better hope you're one of the lucky ones, because there's not one thing you can do to get yourself saved, not even going to church all the time.
He would not feel at home in the forest where the laws of nature surpass the bars that imprison individuals in Boston. Their chief complaints were that the services should be simpler and that religion should contain an intense spiritual relationship between the individual and God.
The scaffold is a platform used for redemption and a symbol of the harsh Puritan code. Years later Hester returns to New England, where she continues to wear the scarlet letter.