The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [NOOK Book]

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In 17th-century Puritan Boston, Hester Prynne gives birth after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity, while facing scorn and hatred by the Puritans around her.
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Overview

In 17th-century Puritan Boston, Hester Prynne gives birth after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity, while facing scorn and hatred by the Puritans around her.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013725713
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Series: Halcyon Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 166,949
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American romantic author and short story writer. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthorne was descended from the early Puritan settlers of New England, one of whom was a judge involved in the Salem Witch Trials. His works often contain moral allegories and themes stemming from Purtianism, such as the inherent evil and sin of humanity. Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College and achieved literary success with the publication of THE SCARLET LETTER in 1850, often considered to be his magnum opus.
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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    The Scarlet Letter book review The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel

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    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne begins in the Puritan town of Boston, June 1642. A woman named Hester Prynne has committed adultery and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her dress. Also as a punishment she must stand on a scaffold for three hours for public humiliation.When people ask her to say who the father of her baby is, she refuses to tell.
    Roger, her long lost husband, shows up at her punishment and finds out that his wife committed adultery. Roger is angered by his discovery and vows to find the man she had her child with. In Hester’s prison her husband shows up and demands to know who the father is, but hester refuses to tell. Hester’s daughter Pearl grows up and becomes a very unruly child, so the government is deciding whether or not to take her child away. Hester asks Reverend Dimmesdale to help her convince the governor that she can take care of her child. Reverend Dimmesdale helps Hester but then falls very ill. Hester's husband who is pretending to be a physician thinks that Dimmesdale is sick because he feels so guilty. Roger thinks that Dimmesdale is the father of Hester's child. A week later Hester meets Dimmesdale in the forest and has a plan to escape to England together so they can live as a family. Dimmesdale agrees but he is scared and when its time to leave he knows he is going to die so he chickens out. Hester finds out that her husband Roger also planned to leave on the same ship. A few days later Reverend Dimmesdale gave his most inspiring sermons but afterwards he falls, since he is going to die soon he climbs the scaffold and admits his crimes then dies in Hester’s arms. Roger loses his will for revenge and dies too. Since he left Pearl allot of money they went back to England and married her off. Then Hester returns to Boston and continues to wear the scarlet A on her clothes. when she dies she is buried next to Dimmesdale. I think the message was that sometimes you have to make sacrifices to be with the ones you love and that revenge is bad. I disliked how it wasn't a very detailed book, but I loved the story. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes gossip, scandal and love stories. This book deserves 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Boring and hard to understand

    Just past halfway mark and i still do not understand most of the book.

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    Posted April 29, 2013

    Mr. Crin, a 'sad' (ish) poem.

    "Beware, l love, beware, l hate, <br> The eyes, the heart, the showoffy gait. <br> Beware, l see, beware, l know, <br> That we seem alive, and that life seems at a low. <br> <br> Beware, beware, l think, <br> That if you should question me, you never think, <br> That we all have a soul, and the heart sees it all. <br> <br> That we feel, that we breathe, <br> ls the love and the hate that we so seethe, <br> And the might and the light that we never thought would be, <br> ls the love and the truth that no one ever sees. <br> <br> Beware, beware, that you should know me at all, <br> For as l speak, so you are already going to fall..." <br> <br> ~Beware, by Meauthurist.

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