Essay Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, born July 4, 1804 in Salem Massachusetts, wrote allegorical classics. Hawthorne grew up surrounded by reminders of his hometown’s infamous past and his own family’s role in the Quaker persecutions and witch trials of the seventeenth century. By the time he graduated from college, he had resolved to return to Salem, become a writer, and investigate the influence of the Puritan past of nineteenth century New England. Hawthorne managed to marry, raise three children, and, most important to the literary world, created a treasury of novels and story collections before he died at age sixty (Day, "CAREER LIFE, AND INFLUENCE: Biography Of Nathaniel Hawthorne” 9-14).
Nathaniel Hawthorne 's background influenced him to write the bold novel The Scarlet Letter. Many would consider The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s greatest novel, as a complex investigation of the effects of secrecy and guilt. Set in seventeenth century Boston, the novel follows the life of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman convicted of adultery and forced to wear a red patch of the letter A, as part of her punishment. Hester faces a number of obstacles as she tries to reestablish herself in the restrictive Puritan community. The town has labeled her a sinner, so she must first find a way to challenge the community’s perception of her and her daughter, Pearl, the child from her affair. Hester must also face the fact that Pearl’s father, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, refuses to…

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