Essay The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book is about a young woman named Hester Prynne, who has recently moved from England to America. The plan was for her to go on ahead while her husband stayed for a little while and got their affairs in order. After not hearing from or of him for a long time she assumed that he had either stayed in England or perished at sea and decided to move on with her life. She developed a secret relationship with a young reverend Dimmesdale and had his child. She was labeled promiscuous by the community and was forced to wear a red letter “A” for adultery stitched into all of her clothes. The letter is meant to subject Hester to public humiliation and shame, but after a while it turns into a symbol of Hester 's strength and ability. When Hester went to court to take responsibility for her offense of adultery, she was able to escape a more serious punishment and was instead marked with the scarlet letter. The letter was used to mark Hester and cause her to stand out in the community in a negative way. The bright and noticeable red color of the letter caused the attention of someone interacting with Hester (or observing and gossiping form afar) to be immediately drawn to it. The letter “A” itself stood for Adultery and let someone know what Hester had done. The letter, along with Pearl, serves as a physical…

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