When it first appeared in 1850, The Scarlet Letter enjoyed scandalous success. New England critics condemned its passionate subject matter. One critic complained that Nathaniel Hawthorne invested adultery with all the fascination of genius, and all the charms of a highly polished style. My preliminary chapter, wryly noted the author, has caused the greatest uproar that has happened here since witch-times.
As she emerges from the prison of a Puritan New England town, Hester Prynne defies the dark gloom much as the rose blooms against the prison door. With her illegitimate baby, Pearl, clutched in her arms and the letter Athe mark of an adulteressembroidered in scarlet thread on her breast, Hester holds her head high as she faces the malice and scorn of the townsfolk. Her powerful, bittersweet story is an American classic that continues to touch the hearts of modern readers with its timeless themes of guilt, passion and repentance.
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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
Hester at Her Needle 82
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
TheMinister in a Maze 202
The New England Holiday 212
The Procession 222
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter 232
Discussion questions 268
Further reading 270
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Scarlett Letter is about a woman named Hester Pyrnne who is forced to live with the fact that she had a child out of wedlock. Although she is faced with many trials along her journey throughout life she still overcomes all of them to become a good mother to her child. This novel portrays many things; one of the more important things, which it portrays, is the love Hester shows toward Pearl (her daughter) throughout the entire novel. She may be sorry for her actions forever, but one thing is for sure, she will never be sorry for the consequences of those actions. The main theme of this novel is a tale of judgement, shame and redemption.
The Scarlet Letter is a fine piece of imaginative writing with an intriguing plot that kept me turning the pages until the very end. This is a story about a young woman's struggle with sin and a conscience full of guilt and sorrow. As I read the novel, I could almost feel Hester Prynne's shame by the way the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, descibes every scene with such vivid detail. 'The scarlet token of infamy' and the 'sin-born infant in her arms' are the objects of her lifelong punishment. Her daughter will always be there to remind Hester of why she is doomed to wear the scarlet letter on her bosom for the rest of her lonely life. I think the whole story has an important lesson to teach about making wise decisions, and how much trust to put into someone. This was a good read, but I honestly think I could have enjoyed the book more if the first few chapters didn't drag the reader on. Hawthorne chose not to reveal some vital information until the reader gets well into the story, but maybe that's just his way of keeping up with the suspense.
I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoy the time period in which it was set, and I also really like the characters. Each character was dealing with so much. Hawthorne wrote the characters' developments compellingly.
The Scarlet Letter is about a young woman by the name of Hester Pyrnne and she gives birth to a child out of wedlock. At the begging f the book it seems to be as if she is a lonely,reserved women but yet she was a very hard working and willing person. Hawthorne stresses that she when times get hard, she can always pull herself out and she holds her head up the whole way. From th reader's point we see and feel Hester's pain and we also see and understand how she holds her head up high and pulls herself through any and every obstacle that may or has come alone in her life time. As a child she was forsed to wear a scarlet 'A' o her bosom and has to wea it for the rest of he life.At the time Hester is tkaen back to prison she is almost forsed to give up her daughter, Pearl. Not too long after that Pearl became ill and a doctor miracalously had a cure for it. Being the perosn Hester is she try her damnedest to stay with he in her ime of need.
In the novel The Scarlett Letter Hester Pyrnne gives birth to a child out of wedlock leading everyone in the town to look down upon her. In the beginning of the novel Hawthorne portrays Hester as a lonely, reserved woman and later she is portrayed as an independent, outgoing and strong-willed person. This novel tells the many understandings and feelings of the human race. Hawthorne proves that anyone, even in their most difficult times, can overcome anything if they believe they can. A novel should draw the reader into the story as though they too are a character in the book. In The Scarlett Letter the reader feels as though they are on of the town's people observing Hester's pain. Hester is told to stand on a pedestal to confess her sin to the townspeople and when she refuses to answer who the father of her child is they force her to wear a scarlett 'A' on her bosom for the rest of her life. Hester is then taken back to prison and is threatened to give up her child, Pearl. Pearl became ill and a doctor supplied her with a draught to cure her illness, but would not administer the draught himself for fear that Pearl would have fatherly aspirations from such a gesture. Hester slowly begins to stop taking care of herself because she sees no reason to go on, but then she realizes that Pearl needs her and so she continues to raise Pearl as best she can. Hester may be sorry for her actions forever, but she will never be sorry for the consequence of those actions and that is Pearl. The main theme of this novel is a tale of judgement, shame and redemption.
I GIVE THIS A BOOK A FIVE STAR RATING BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD.