In Junein Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. She is required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her. The letter "A" stands for adulteress, although this is never said explicitly in the novel. Her sentence required her to stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation, and to wear the scarlet "A" for the rest of her life.
Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a self divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl.
After I read this for school, I turned in an honest but very school-friendly report. But then Mom told me I could share my feelings freely here on the blog. And so begin the gifs and snark. I love Nathaniel Hawthorne. That being said, I did not love The Scarlet Letter.
I loved most of the characters, I enjoyed the undertone of criticism of the Puritan lifestyle another reason I adore Nathaniel Hawthorneand the story itself was great. I think one of my main problems was getting through the detail; it took forever to get to the next plot point.
The entirety of Chapter 5 was basically a big explanation of how Hester felt. I did not need to know in that much detail how that woman felt.
Hester did a thing. Hester feels very bad about thing. People no like Hester. I looked it up. If I were old enough to play a drinking game and could take a shot every time I read that word, I would have alcohol poisoning.
Not to mention I have to try to sound out how to say it in my head every few lines because it is literally everywhere and clearly is not in my everyday vocabulary. It means shame, Nathaniel. My above saltiness aside, I did enjoy the actual story.
Talk about a guy ahead of his time. I know that at the time he wrote this, things had gotten slightly better; but it goes without saying that things have improved even more over the years in terms of acceptance and judgement. I also want to give Dimmesdale an honorable mention.A list of all the characters in The Scarlet Letter.
The The Scarlet Letter characters covered include: Hester Prynne, Pearl, Roger Chillingworth, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Governor Bellingham, Mistress Hibbins, Reverend Mr.
John Wilson, Narrator. The Scarlet Letter's symbolism helps create a powerful drama in Puritan Boston: a kiss, evil, sin, nature, the scarlet letter, and the punishing scaffold. Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece is a classic example of the human conflict between emotion and intellect.
The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, an 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 to , it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the most well known pieces of literature, and it definitely deserves its title as an American classic. Summary: Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves.
Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction.