The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Historical Fiction Romance Sin Guilt and Redemption Identity and Society Hypocrisy Isolation

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The Scarlet Letter is a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850, being the author's best-known work.

The story takes place in conservative and puritan New England in the early 17th century. It tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who is accused of adultery for having given birth to a baby with an unknown father. At trial, she is sentenced to stand on the gallows for several hours and have the letter "A" tattooed on her chest for the rest of her life.

In that trial, she is asked about the father of her daughter, but Hester refuses to reveal his identity and tries to live with dignity in an unjust and hypocritical society.

In this book by Hawthorne, topics such as legalism, sin and guilt are dealt with in a quite profound way.

The Scarlet Letter was one of the first best sellers in the United States from its first publication to the present day. It has been adapted to film, theater and TV series. For many critics it is considered a masterpiece of American literature.


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About Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His works often focus on history, morality, and religion.

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This feeble and most sensitive of spirits could do neither, yet continually did one thing or another, which intertwined, in the same inextricable knot, the agony of heaven-defying guilt and vain repentance.

- Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale


It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.


Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.


We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.


The days of the far-off future would toil onward, still with the same burden for her to take up and bear along with her.

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