Community officials attempt to take Pearl away from Hester, but, with the help of Arthur Dimmesdale, a young and eloquent minister, the mother and daughter manage to stay together. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne there are four main symbols that the reader would notice. Instead, it mirrors how people behave. I expected a lot more ostracising and name-calling from other members of the community but most people talked to Hester like she'd done nothing wrong though, they tended to stare at her scarlet letter and her bad reputation didn't seem to affect her life massively. Hawthorne makes great use of symbolism and as a result, there is always something new when reading this book.
A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860. The greatest strength of is that it gives us Hester - one of the early strong female protagonists. He could have ostracized her. I love that, though Hester conforms to the austerity of her penance on the outside, Hawthorne occasionally affords the reader insights into her wild, turbulent, and rebellious interior. One reason for that is the vagueness of Hawthorne's theme. So I finally got to find out for myself what the majority of American high-schoolers are subjected to, and while I see the importance of a story like this and the ideas it presents in 1850, I think the subject matter is both outdated and irrelevant today.
She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. And haven't re-envisioned Biblical scenarios already lost their sheen? I can see why people dislike this book, though. I believe that at this point in the story, this passage is a breakthrough for Hester. Welcome to The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter produces reproductions of the world's finest samplers, found in museums and private collections. He feels the same; when they learn her husband has probably died at the hands of Indians, they consummate their love. Another required read that took me by surprise at how much I enjoyed it.
I was one of those students, but then I read it again in college as part of my American Romanticism course during freshmen year. Demi Moore suprised me with her acting and apart from a few stilted scenes and discomfort with the dialogue, I think she pulled it off pretty well. Hester arrives from England, seeking independence. It's great to finally get back to the classics. Not to mention that it must've required courage to publish a book like this.
My Law and Literature class then spent a whole class discussing the different aspects of the book focusing on the societal rules and their version of laws. Apart from being one of the most influential works of Puritan belief systems, it also broke ground by truly focusing on a woman who has done something sacrilegious above and beyond any normal broken sins. It's got low readability, even for adults. It takes a great writer to write a great book. A woman that has gone through hell and back and continues to thrive in her society even under the circumstances she lives in. And the story itself is just about perfect.
I understand also that her penance could be so sincere as to name her child Scarlet and dress her always in red, but the quality of the dresses and the simple pride with which she stands is still inspirational. I remember liking when I read it in high school. Now, rereading it about fifty years later, what I enjoy most is the prose. In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and Algonquian have an uneasy truce. I was impressed with Gary Oldman's performance. In a way, he willingly remains a cog in the wheel of the Puritan machinery while subconsciously resenting the fact of his bondage. But of all the things that stand out for me, the author's indirect indictment of slut-shaming remains the foremost.
It must have been a very exciting book in its time, without a doubt based on its sales. Reading The Scarlet Letter relieved me. This is a book that delves into the consequences of guilt on a person's psyche. Hawthorne seems to touch upon very dark elements sprites and devils. Hey, you can't choose your family.
But I prefer something bigger, that moves or inspires or angers me. She had returned, therefore, and resumed--of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it--resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence. The first film was a 1917 black-and-white silent film, while the most recent--and much maligned--film version opened in 1995 starring Demi Moore and Gary Oldman. Because what good would it do to pan the tyranny of the Puritanical worldview in this day and age? The scenes where Hester and Arthur meet in the woods and are finally alone are beautifully written and we finally get to see a glimpse of the love that put them in severe penitence.
This is just going to have to be one of those classes where you do a lot of nodding. Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne takes advantage of his greatest assets as a writer--the interiority of his writing, his exploration of thoughts and emotions--and uses them to humanize all the parties involved in the affair, as well as to demonize the thoughts that become consumed by it. As a result there's very little pleasure to be derived from reading. What details does he include to persuade his reader he is describing actual, historical documents? It was a suitable book for discussion given that the sex content is not graphic. And yeah, it is over-written, but sort of in the same way that zombie scenes in The Walking Dead are over-written.
Minds were starting to open up about what it meant to be in love, to have a child and to be on your own. I don't begrudge you your joy. The original papers, together with the scarlet letter itself -- a most curious relic -- are still in my possession, and shall be freely exhibited to whomsoever, induced by the great interest of the narrative, may desire a sight of them I must not be understood affirming that, in the dressing up of the tale, and imagining the motives and modes of passion that influenced the characters who figure in it, I have invariably confined myself within the limits of the old Surveyor's half-a-dozen sheets of foolscap. I honestly think this method helped me enjoy it so much more because I didn't get bogged down in the old writing style that looked like it would be very dense to tackle on my own. And you know what, I do not disagree. Will his murderous plot succeed? Christianity is built upon the principals of forgiveness, and repentance, not punishment and the shaming of the guilty.