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Posted December 13, 2012
(Possible mild spoiler alert) The Scarlet Letter is a non-fictio
(Possible mild spoiler alert) The Scarlet Letter is a non-fiction novel written by Nethaniel Hawthorne. Many, many people have read this and it is, in fact, a classic piece of literature. This book is about the main characters Hester Prynne, who is responsible of adultery with the following character, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a theorist man overcome with guilt who tortures himself both mentally and physically, and Roger Chillingworth, an cruel man who is really Prynne’s husband. Chillingworth is definitely the antagonist in this novel. He may not seem it when first introduced, but his evil-diongs are mostly behind the scenes throughout most of the story. Dimmesdale and Prynne are both the protagonists. However, they both are faced with many times of conflict (both internally and externally) that are usually caused by none other than Chillingworth.
When I first started reading this book, I had an extremely hard time focusing for multiple reasons. Not only was this book not the genre I prefer to read, but the first 40-some pages are all the intro to the settings and characters leading up to the actual story- narrated by a particularly uninteresting anonymous man in a particularly uninteresting way. This intro did not seem very important in the end as it was just the prologue and was overflowing with things you honestly don’t need to know. Therefore, readers like me, who can’t get past the first 5 pages without a struggle and have to force themselves to keep reading something they don’t particularly want to read, then this book is not for you. However, those who can get past those first pages (kudos to you), this really is a fascinating book. For these people who have the mind set to get through the prologue, and continue on through the whole book, you won’t regret ever reading The Scarlet Letter. Personally, I give this book about two stars. But in perspective, this well-written story should be worth about five… okay maybe 4 ½.
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Posted June 24, 2013