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The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy Set in an early New England colony the novel shows the terrible impact a single passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed vengeful ChillingworthWith THE SCARLET LETTER Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin guilt and pride

About the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

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 historyShortly 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 T

10 thoughts on “The Scarlet Letter

  1. says:

    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

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    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 an

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    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 w

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    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter A Romance an 1850 novel is a work of historical fiction written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne It is considered his masterwork Set in 17th century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642 to 1649 it tells the story of Hester Prynne who conceives a daughter through an aff

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    oh god hawthorne is that perpetually needy manchild of a writer you know the one who peers over your shoulder while youre trying to read and keeps pointing out the parts of his own writing that he finds particularly good andor moving yeah see? do you see? see how i talked about how the rose is red and then i talk about how hesters 'a' is red too? do you see wh

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    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 th

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    Maybe 25 stars if I were just rating this on how much I actually enjoyed reading it The 40 page Custom House introduction was pure pain to plow through no lie and there are a lot of slow spots where Hawthorne gets hung up in the details But 5 stars for the richness of Hawthorne's language the intriguing symbolism and the way he delves into the human heart So I'll compromi

  9. says:

    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 timeMost 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 deno

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    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 uestions like In the fourth chapter what kind of shoes was character you don't even remember wearing?I w

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