Monday, July 6, 2009

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Arguably Hawthorne's finest work, The Scarlet Letter set in Puritan New England, tells the story of Hester Prynne (rhymes with sin) who commits adultery with the town's minister and is sentenced forever to wear a scarlet "A" upon her clothing. Hester is another strong female character demonstrated by her quiet dignity and forbearance as she raises her daughter in a town where she is shunned. The minister is wracked with guilt, but not able to admit his part and the "wronged" husband is evil personified as he becomes filled with the need for revenge. Is it better to put your sins out on the table for all to see or keep them hidden within where they can slowly consume you bit by bit?

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS 1868.A2 1994
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Diane Gennuso, Student Teaching Advisor, Antelope Valley Campus
Rating: Highly Recommended

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