The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter Delve into The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne s meditation on human alienation and its effect on the soul in this story set in seventeenth century Massachusetts and be dazzled by literature In Na

Delve into The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne s meditation on human alienation and its effect on the soul in this story set in seventeenth century Massachusetts and be dazzled by literature In Nathaniel Hawthorne s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people None so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woDelve into The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne s meditation on human alienation and its effect on the soul in this story set in seventeenth century Massachusetts and be dazzled by literature In Nathaniel Hawthorne s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people None so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet A on her clothing She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence Her husband, the aptly named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth century Massachusetts among Hawthorne s Puritan ancestors In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.Complete and unabridged, this elegantly designed, clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction by Mike Lee Davis.

The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter A Romance is a work of historical fiction by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in Set in Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years to , the novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. The Scarlet Letter Summary, Analysis, Characters, Facts The Scarlet Letter, novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in It is considered a masterpiece of American literature and a classic moral study. The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter h min Drama, History A young Puritan woman, outcast and shamed for her adultery, struggles to find peace and forgiveness. The Scarlet Letter Study Guide SparkNotes Nathaniel Hawthorne s historical novel The Scarlet Letter explores guilt, revenge, and redemption in colonial America Hawthorne blends supernatural elements with psychological insight in his story of one woman s public punishment for adultery Explore a character analysis of Hester Prynne, plot summary, and important quotes. The Scarlet Letter Characters Description and Analysis Jul , The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne s novel about Puritan Boston, then known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony, tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who has given birth to a child out of wedlock a grave sin in the deeply religious community. The Scarlet Letter American Literature The Scarlet Letter is a true masterpiece of American Literature and a must read for every student of literature Featured in our collection of Great American Novels. The Scarlet Letter Planet Publish The Scarlet Letter of EDITOR S NOTE Nathaniel Hawthorne was already a man of forty six, and a tale writer of some twenty four years standing, when The Scarlet Letter appeared He was born at Salem, Mass on July th, , son of a sea captain He The Scarlet Letter Analysis eNotes Feb , Like all historical novels, The Scarlet Letter is a work that looks back to the past, is anchored in the author s present, and anticipates the future It The Scarlet Letter CliffsNotes In June , in the Puritan town of Boston, a crowd gathers to witness an official punishment A young woman, Hester Prynne, has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet A on her dress as a sign of shame Further, she must stand on the scaffold The Scarlet Letter Plot Overview SparkNotes The Scarlet Letter is the final product The story begins in seventeenth century Boston, then a Puritan settlement A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter A on her breast.

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  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation s colonial history.Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828 In 1837, he published Twice Told Tales and became engaged to Sophia Peabody the next year He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842 The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860 Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.Much of Hawthorne s writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.

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  1. Hester walked across the room She stepped upon her left foot, her right foot, and then her left foot again One wonders, why doth she, in this instance of walking across the room, begin her journey upon the left foot and not the right Could it be her terrible sin, that the devil informeth the left foot just as he informeth the left hand and those bewitched, left handed persons amongst us Why, forsooth, doth the left foot of sin draggeth the innocent right foot along its wretched journey from one [...]

  2. The story, not bad The style, unreadable Here is who I would recommend this book to people who like sentences with 4 or 5 thoughts, and that are paragraph length so that they are nearly impossible to understand because by the time the end, of the sentence, has been reached the beginning, and whatever meaning it contained, has been forgotten and the point is lost.

  3. I found my old high school review of this book Here s a little bit of my assessment Apologiese in advance If there is a hell, Hawthorne is the devil s sidekick, and the first thing you re given after the stark realization that you re in hell, on fire, and this is going to last forever is this book And you have to do a 10 page paper praising the wondrous virtues of this massive waste of time And after you ve finished writing in your own blood, mind you your stupid paper, you are given another ess [...]

  4. Behold, verily, there is the women of the Scarlet Letter and, of a truth, over, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running alongside her Let s talk a little bit about self fulfilling prophecy If an entire community, and religious sect, brand a girl s mother as a sinner, whether justly or unjustly, then surely the girl will take some of this to heart If the only world she has ever known is one when he only parent is considered ungodly, blasphemous and full of sin, then surely she will be [...]

  5. Actually, I ve read this book twice, the first time when I was in high school Reading it again after some thirty years, I was amazed at the amount of meaning I d missed the first time Most modern readers don t realize and certainly aren t taught in school that Hawthorne as his fiction, essays and journals make clear was a strong Christian, though he steadfastly refused to join a denomination and here his central subject is the central subject of the Christian gospel sin s guilt and forgiveness U [...]

  6. This was my third time reading The Scarlet Letter The first time was during my junior year of high school I actually enjoyed it, though literature of the nineteenth century was such a mystery to me then that I shied away from the creaky long words and felt proud of myself for succeeding in merely following the plot When I first read it to teach it last year, I was enraptured This year was the same Hawthorne has such an impressive command over language The eloquence of his language carries such d [...]

  7. Modern society and a number of people seem somewhat confused about our ancestors On one hand, they re dumbass peasants who attached BYOW Bring Your Own Witch to their barbeque invitations On the other hand, they sometimes imbue them with super mystical intelligence, class and abilities whilst bemoaning how stupid and uncouth we have become in comparison.The Scarlet Letter allows us to judge that the reality was somewhere in between but mostly sitting on the side of pathological stupidity image e [...]

  8. It s great to finally get back to the classics It s been far too long since I read a book with careful intensity, noting throwaway lines that are likely to show up on a multiple choice or short answer test that misses the main themes of a book entirely while managing to ask lots of questions like, In the fourth chapter, what kind of shoes was character you don t even remember wearing I was thinking maybe it would be nice to read a book like this without worrying about that stuff, just absorbing [...]

  9. Book Review4 of 5 stars to The Scarlet Letter, a classic romantic period tale written in 1850, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Students are often required to read excerpts from this book, if not the whole book, during school I was one of those students, but then I read it again in college as part of my American Romanticism course during freshmen year But I also read it a third time prior to a movie being released, as I liked the actors in the movie, but wanted to be able to compare the literary work agai [...]

  10. 3.5 5This is one of those books which can effortlessly lend itself to a variety of critical readings, each one of them as legitimate as the next one On one hand it treats Hester almost like a proto feminist figure, undaunted and dignified in the face of public disgrace, one who earns her own living to raise her child and on the other, she is readily accepting of her own persecution Similarly, Dimmesdale is torn between his emotional urges and his allegiance to a doctrine which denies him his hum [...]

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  12. So I finally got to find out for myself what the majority of American high schoolers are subjected to, and while I see the importance of a story like this and the ideas it presents in 1850, I think the subject matter is both outdated and irrelevant today One might, of course, choose to point out that Hester Prynne s antics would still today be considered immoral in certain parts of the world, however the difference is that they probably wouldn t treat her so leniently as this seventeenth century [...]

  13. Nathaniel Hawthorne is the coolest name ever.I can see why people dislike this book, though Hawthorne doesn t hesitate to use a lot of words He prefers to perforate his readers craniums with an extensive utilization of verbose language, thus intimidating and irritating those whose literary palettes do not include grandiose diction.Reading The Scarlet Letter relieved me I d take rambling paragraphs and stocky sentences over quadratic equations and piecewise functions any day Besides, his writing [...]

  14. Let me start my review by stating that I m guilty and should wear a big P for preoccupied on my chest I mentioned in a previous review that I was worried that if I wasn t in the right state of mind and in an adequate setting, I wouldn t be able to enjoy Dickens s Great Expectations turned out it wasn t the case I never expected that for The Scarlet Letter, but this might be one of the reasons I didn t enjoy the book that much and rated it 3 stars I was in the middle of preparations to move in to [...]

  15. I read The Scarlet Letter in high school and enjoyed it I have also seen the film a few years ago with Demi Moore, meh What still draws me to this book, and to the subject as a whole, was Hester s overwhelming self confidence Her stance, and how can it be anything else, is one of courage and tenacity I understand also that her penance could be so sincere as to name her child Scarlet and dress her always in red, but the quality of the dresses and the simple pride with which she stands is still in [...]

  16. The writing took a while to get used to The story itself was good, just wish it was a bit modern Far too much description Might have been interesting to study in school.

  17. 4 stars for the richness of Hawthorne s language, the intriguing symbolism, and the way he delves into the human heart That 40 page Custom House introduction was still painful to plow through, though.Review to come.Initial comments I tried reading this a few years ago and bogged down in the infamous introductory section, and quit I need to give it another shot, though Sneaky GR friends have told me that that section can be skipped, or skimmed.

  18. Boom Another case of youthful idiocy corrected.Probably the biggest problem with The Scarlet Letter is that we make kids read it while they re still too dumb to appreciate it I was one of those dumb kids who thought it was over written and dull And yeah, it is over written, but sort of in the same way that zombie scenes in The Walking Dead are over written It s not a bad thing And but by no means is this book dull, either I was engaged from start to finish.For those who have never heard of words [...]

  19. The best advice anyone can get about The Scarlet Letter is to skip the whole introductory bit about the Chapter House, unless you want a degree in English I love this book I teach this book, but I have my students skip that introduction It ll make them hate the book.Once you have skipped that part, what greets you is a wonderful book about the nature and defination of sin Is it the outward sin, such as Hester s, that is the worse Or is it the sin that never really comes to light The book explore [...]

  20. I don t really know why I liked this book so much What on earth No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true This is one of those classics that is famous for basically being universally considered boring I mean, just look at the 3.3 average rating And you know what, I do not disagree Hawthorne repeats every single thing he says eighty times because that s the style of the time But the strength of the message shin [...]

  21. Another required read that took me by surprise at how much I enjoyed it This is a book that delves into the consequences of guilt on a person s psyche It is very layered in that there are times where you are not sure that what happens is exactly what is perceived No exactly surreal but written so that there is a little bit of question about supernatural things happening Such as did Dimmesdale really have that scarlet A branded on his chest from the power of the overwhelming guilt he carried Is P [...]

  22. Another one of those classics that I probably should have read years ago but didn t Written in around 1850 and set in Puritan New England in the mid 17th Century, the plot is well known, but if you haven t read it there are spoilers ahead Hester Prynne travels to New England her husband is to follow later She has an affair with the local minister Arthur Dimmesdale and a child results Adultery is a major offence and Hester Prynne experiences jail and public humiliation and is forced to wear a bri [...]

  23. okay, so shoot me, i never read this before well, i tried a couple times, in high school and college, but the opening part, the introduction about the custom house, was always so incredibly boring i could never get past it so this time, i got past it, and now all i have to say is why the fuck is that custom house thing there in the beginning although the part where he finds the letter is nice.

  24. While I love reading classics and often find myself reading one, I have found out that this specific classic, The Scarlet Letter, is amongst my least favourites This was a reread for me, and while I did somewhat enjoy it the first time around, I was very bored when reading it this time around The story in itself is actually quite interesting because of adultery, Hester Prynne is considered an outcast and must bear a scarlet letter at all times However, I really dislike the way Nathaniel Hawthorn [...]

  25. Difficult as it is to come to an acceptable idea of existence, it is interesting to study the social evolution of mankind in terms of ethics, values and morals held or dogmas followed It helps to gain some coherence when coming to terms with the understanding of the rules of the society we make a part of, importantly, to question certain unreasonable dogmas and beliefs while still considering the sensitive nuances forming the very fabric of society The contemplation which so verily stimulates t [...]

  26. It s very interesting to scan other reviews about this one Aside from the fact that some readers dismiss this book because it is not written in particularly modern English or because it features long sentences have some self respect, guys , the claim that the topic is outdated seems like wishful thinking to me The story is probably well known Around 1640, Hester, the young wife of an older man, moves from Europe to a Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony Her husband has planned to follow shortly afte [...]

  27. Nathaniel Hawthorne is an easy writer to dislike He s stuffy and moralistic and he says thou a lot and he just makes you want to roll your eyes And it doesn t help that if you read him it was probably in ninth grade, the apogee of human eyerolling.He loves to rail about how shitty the Puritans were, stemming maybe from his own guilt over having a Salem witch burning ancestor Hawthorne s personal brand of secret shame But the Puritans were such tightassed joykills that there s room to do a lot of [...]

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