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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nina Baym, Thomas E. Connolly The Scarlett Letter is a classic story set in Puritan New England. Hester Prynne, who bore a child out of wedlock while married to a man she thought was dead, has been ostracized by the community in which she lives. Horrified by this unbelievably unconscionable act (sarcasm intended), Hester is forced to wear a scarlett “A” on her at all times. The beliefs that these people held are ridiculous and laughable by today’s standards. She keeps secret the person with who she had an affair, Reverend Dimmesdale, who is revered by the community. Meanwhile, her old husband Roger Chillingsworth is secretly trying to destroy the Reverend. I never understood how the Reverend and everybody else in the story didn’t know that Chillingsworth was Hester’s husband. It was something that wasn’t well explained in the story.

Although there were elements of the story that I liked, it was really hard to get past some of the language in the story. Often times, it made the story hard to read and hard to understand what was trying to be communicated. It was also hard to relate to some of these characters. Not only are their beliefs hard to swallow, the actions don’t also seem terribly realistic. Still, the story itself is interesting and had a good bit of intrigue as well as good story elements, making it worth the read.

Carl Alves – author of Two For Eternity