Essay about The Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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To create a modern adaptation out of an older work is a challenging task. Talented writers must devise different ways to keep a story faithful without turning the audience’s attention away. One adaptation that successfully captures and takes a creative approach is Easy A. Easy A is an American teen comedy film partially inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. Written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Will Gluck, the story follows a teenage girl after telling a white lie about losing her virginity and how it effects her life and those around her. The film premiered in 2010, winning both a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Film and an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. Created as a modern adaptation to The Scarlet Letter, Easy A invents a creative and comedic twist of the original tale while still standing on its own by staying faithful to the themes of judgment, isolation, and compassion in Hawthorne’s novel. To begin with, the significance of this change from Hawthorne’s original tale to Gluck’s allows a refreshing take, still keeping the essence of the story’s theme as well as catching the audience’s attention with its comedic tones. The most apparent influence of the film is the similar underlying themes of judgment, isolation, and compassion. In the novel, judgment is strongly presented throughout many parts of the story, but it is early on where it effects the main character and her life. Hester Prynne faces judgment…

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