The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Re: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Post by P Reefer » 20 May 2018, 05:00

The Scarlet Letter is quite a riveting narrative, a definite page-turner that might best be appreciated by lovers of classic literature.

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Post by Mely918 » 03 Jun 2018, 13:08

Even though it dragged at points to me, I really liked it's use of symbolism. I'm a big fan of symbolism, so this book won me over with it. It's not a book I'd read all the way through again, but I would read certain passages to further analyze the symbolism.

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Post by mgosselin137 » 14 Jun 2018, 08:52

The responses to The Scarlet Letter in this discussion remind me a lot of those of my tenth grade students when we read the novel. It tends to be one that is very polarizing in classes. Most of my students find it boring and difficult to read, but it really resonates with a select few. With so many people introduced to The Scarlet Letter in high school, I am not surprised by this. As a teacher, I choose to teach it to tenth graders because I feel like the content of the novel has the potential to relate to their daily lives. It is rare to meet someone who has never felt isolated, judged, or in some way inferior at some point in their school careers. For the students who can connect to Hester on this level, her experience can be very reassuring. For many students though, the language is just too dense for them to see beyond it to the message of the story.

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Post by Serena_Charlotte » 19 Jun 2018, 12:15

I liked the symbol of Pearl herself as a punishment for Hester. I've always thought of Pearl as a demon inside a child's body. She had a habit of throwing things at the scarlet "A", constantly reminding Hester that it was there. I also liked the scarlet "A" as a symbol because as time passed, people began to misinterpret it as "Able" rather than, perhaps, "Adulteress".
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Post by bclayton13 » 26 Jun 2018, 19:40

I do love the Scarlet Letter, and I've studied it in at least two different classes. In my college class everyone loved it but there was a very spirited discussion on what a terrible person Arthur Dimmesdale was. The majority read his long soliloquies about his suffering and felt he was a massive jerk, considering the one suffering was Hester, not him. It was amazing how much he was universally despised.

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Post by Fuzaila » 27 Jun 2018, 06:11

Serena_Charlotte wrote:
19 Jun 2018, 12:15
I liked the symbol of Pearl herself as a punishment for Hester. I've always thought of Pearl as a demon inside a child's body. She had a habit of throwing things at the scarlet "A", constantly reminding Hester that it was there. I also liked the scarlet "A" as a symbol because as time passed, people began to misinterpret it as "Able" rather than, perhaps, "Adulteress".
Although Hawthorne tried to mark Pearl as an evil reminder for Hester of her past and her shameful acts, for me Pearl felt more like a savior. She reminds Hester of the spirit of nature, the delight of company and the hope for a good future.

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Post by Githumaina19 » 27 Jun 2018, 14:02

As good as this novel sounds I agree that it should have been a short story. However the personification is a good example of how to capture the interests of the best and worst readers alike

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Post by lettiebeth » 07 Aug 2019, 02:57

Hawthorne was a rather dark and gloomy author, and this story definitely showcases that characteristic, with its undertones of sin and misery.

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Post by ratpizza » 23 Sep 2019, 20:19

I read this book in 11th grade. I have to say I really enjoyed it. Hester is so different from most of the women during that time period and I love how she didn't let the scarlet letter, which was meant to be punishment, get to her. This book is a great read.

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Post by LatteFairy » 14 Oct 2019, 23:49

What I find striking about it on the second read is the use of very long sentences (this is probably common in literature of the period), that flows really well upon reading it. There isn't a sense of there being any overload of information; it's descriptive but rightfully so. I set out to understand why this book was important as a canonical piece of literature. It has historical value having been based in the colonies of North America and as a history student it's fascinating. I came out of it though hooked in to themes of exclusion, resilience and the strength displayed by Hester.

It is honestly fantastic; sad though it is, the cultural norms that permeate through the texts make for an abrasive but very interesting read.

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