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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 (Paperback - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A passionate young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging, vengeful husband are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston.

Tremendously moving and rich in psychological insight, this tragic novel of sin and redemption addresses our Puritan past. Depicting the struggle between mind and heart, Hawthorne fashioned a masterpiece of American fiction.



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Hester Prynne is ostracized from her seventeenth-century Puritan community for refusing to name the father of her child, the product of an adulterous relationship.

Authors: Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
Statement of Responsibility: Nathaniel Hawthorne ; [with an introduction by Brenda Wineapple and a new afterword by Regina Barreca]
Title: The scarlet letter
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, 2009
Characteristics: xiv, 274 p. ; 18 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-274)
Subject Headings: Boston (Mass.) History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Fiction Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction Illegitimate children Fiction Married women Fiction Puritans Fiction Adultery Fiction Revenge Fiction Clergy Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Illegitimate children
Married women
Puritans
Adultery
Revenge
Clergy
LCCN: 2009020697
ISBN: 9780451531353
0451531353
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC H
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Jul 10, 2014
  • Janna7846 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Its a really good book

Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

One of the easier to read classics that I've encountered thus far. I enjoyed the imagery and the symbolism in the book, but the slow parts were a struggle to get through.

Jul 08, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved Pearl. SHE IS THE TRUTH. She knows the truth even when her mom, Hester, hides it. She is my favorite character in the whole entire novel! :)

Dimmesdale and Chillingworth anger me. I hate their attitude toward Hester's adultery. For starters, Chillingworth should not be taking revenge. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SHALT TAKE REVENGE, AND THOSE WHO SEEK IT SHALL BE PUNISHED! This is why Chillingworth becomes uglier throughout the novel. I also dislike Dimmesdale because he is not a man. He does not stand up to take responsibility for impregnating Hester.

Aug 16, 2012
  • 12sonas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is perhaps the greatest of books written. It has eloquent beautiful language mixed with a thrilling plot. All have heard of the book. No one is truly American until they have read the scarlet letter.

Jun 25, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and the author's writing style; however, I was always left with the same question: why? Why Arthur Dimmsdale (pun the author intended?)? What attracted Hester to him?

As well, as much as Hawthorne criticises the strict Puritan regime he writes about in some parts of New England, he also equally seems to glorify it. See his discription of the Election Day procession- half condecension, and nostalgia.

Mar 03, 2012
  • melissajayne80 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a book I had been wanting to read for quite sometime due to just the fact of the nature of what it dealt with and because its a book that is referred to in many ways. I think expected something more than what I actually encountered. While it was well-written, I did find it a bit mundane and sometimes a little dull and slow moving. While I understand the point of the book, it just felt like there was something missing and I suppose it was because there was this hype that surrounded the book that it was something that I was expecting. In otherwords, what I expected isn't what I got out of the book. It is very well written and from that standpoint it was very good and I can clearly see why its considered to be classic, especially in terms of the American canon of American literature. Hawthorne clearly makes his point that we as humans struggle between what we know is right and what we feel is right and how the two are constantly in conflict with one another. I recommend the book, but only with the pretext that it isn't the salicous book that its sometimes made out to be.

Now if I take out my expectations of the book, the book as a whole rates higher than what I gave it, probably closer to a four than a three. Hawthorne's language does draw one into the story and when you find out what happens in the end (I am not going to spill the beans for those that still wish to read the book), you can see why Hawthorne paced the book the way he did. What I am bit surprised about the book was that it was Hawthorne's first major piece that was written and was really his only well-known work, unlike Dickens who seemed to turn out well-known pieces on a regular basis (did some research on Hawthorne and he wrote other pieces of fiction, but nothing that I recognized).

Mar 07, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A book I read twice for school and always enjoyed. The book illustrated how a person would mentally suffer by the words of another.

I hated it. So much that I didn't even finish the first chapter. It's written in a very confusing manner, with lots of run on sentences. You kind of don't understand where the author is going with it. it was painfully boring. I don't get why people make such a big deal about it.

May 11, 2010
  • meaganpeters4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A uniwue look at the early American colonists and their values. A real page turner!

Jan 09, 2009
  • Sarahd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A difficult read, but worth reading. Lots of symbolism.

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Jul 08, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 08, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”

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