Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores questions of grace, legalism, sin and guilt.
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    Ibtisam Bhattishared an impression2 years ago
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    I liked that. I liked it. This year I have been reading one of my favorite books in my English course. It's slow to begin, but in the middle, it gets better. It's a little slow, with a good story behind it, like most older American literature.

    kaykaynialler93shared an impression5 years ago
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    Not much to say. I really like it. I didn't think it was hard to find out who the dad was but everyone in my class didn't know for a while.

    gautam saishared an impression6 years ago
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    raizzarpuldiohas quoted6 years ago
    It was whispered by those who peered after her that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passage-way of the interior.
    Ghafeela Sohailhas quoted6 months ago
    The angel and apostle of the coming revelation must be a woman, indeed, but lofty, pure, and beautiful, and wise; moreover, not through dusky grief, but the ethereal medium of joy; and showing how sacred love should make us happy, by the truest test of a life successful to such an end.
    Ghafeela Sohailhas quoted6 months ago
    She assured them, too, of her firm belief that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it, in Heaven's own time, a new truth would be revealed, in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness. Earlier in life, Hester had vainly imagined that she herself might be the destined prophetess, but had long since recognised the impossibility that any mission of divine and mysterious truth should be confided to a woman stained with sin, bowed down with shame, or even burdened with a life-long sorrow. The angel and apostle of the coming revelation must be a woman, indeed, but lofty, pure, and beautiful, and wise; moreover, not through dusky grief, but the ethereal medium of joy; and showing how sacred love should make us happy, by the truest test of a life successful to such an end.

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