The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shelly Frasier
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400138558

ISBN-13: 9781400138555

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.

It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has borne an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act. Hester's husband had been lost at sea years earlier and was presumed dead, but he reappears in time to witness

Overview

It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has borne an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act. Hester's husband had been lost at sea years earlier and was presumed dead, but he reappears in time to witness Hester's humiliation on the town scaffold. Upon discovering her deed, the vengeful husband becomes obsessed with finding the identity of the man who dishonored his wife. To do so he assumes a false name, pretends to be a physician, and forces Hester to keep his new identity secret. Meanwhile, Hester's lover, the beloved Reverend Dimmesdale, publicly pressures her to name the child's father while secretly praying that she will not. Hester defiantly protects his identity and reputation, even when faced with losing her daughter, Pearl. Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a masterful portrayal of humanity's continuing struggle with sin, guilt, and pride.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400138555
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


Why read The Scarlet Letter?     8
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864     10
Timeline of the novel     12
The Custom-House     15
Hawthorne's Customs House     50
The Scarlet Letter     53
The Prison-Door     53
The Market-Place     55
Early Boston     64
The Recognition     66
The Interview     74
Medicine     80
Hester at Her Needle     82
Pearl     91
The Governor's Hall     100
The Elf-Child and the Minister     107
The Leech     115
Puritan religion     124
The Leech and His Patient     126
The Interior of a Heart     135
The Minister's Vigil     141
Another View of Hester     152
Puritan women     158
Hester and the Physician     160
Hester and Pearl     166
Crime and punishment     172
A Forest Walk     174
The Pastor and His Parishioner     180
A Flood of Sunshine     188
The Child at the Brook-Side     194
Witchcraft     200
TheMinister in a Maze     202
The New England Holiday     212
Transcendentalism     220
The Procession     222
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter     232
Conclusion     240
Glossary     246
Discussion questions     268
Further reading     270
Acknowledgments     271

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