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The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – 25 Feb 2005
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1. The Prison-Door. 2. The Market Place. 3. The Recognition. 4. The Interview. 5. Hester at her Needle. 6. Pearl. 7. The Governor's Hall. 8. The Elf-Child and the Minister. 9. The Leech. 10. The Leech and His Patient. 11. The Interior of a Heart. 12. The Minister's Vigil. 13. Another View of Hester. 14. Hester and the Physician. 15. Hester and Pearl. 16. A Forest Walk. 17. The Pastor and His Parishioner. 18. A Flood of Sunshine. 19. The Child at the Brookside. 20. The Minister in a Maze. 21. The New England Holiday. 22. The Procession. 23. The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter. 24. Conclusion. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'One of the greatest allegories in all literature' D.H. Lawrence --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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As I have said, I struggled through this first chapter and the reason is is because of the writing. For some reason I found myself wading through the quite heavy prose regretting that I had ever picked up The Scarlet Letter. However once I have got past this first chapter and onto the actual Scarlet Letter story the narrative suddenly became much easier to read, the chapters shorter and I started to very much enjoy reading it.
The story I found to be an interesting one. Hester was sent to Boston ahead of her husband who remained in Europe on the understanding that he would eventually join his wife. After a few years go by, Hester becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl named Pearl which sends shockwaves through the Puritan community and is where the story begins. After much deliberation the towns' elders decide that as punishment, Hester should be made to wear a Scarlet Letter upon her breast thus drawing attention to her `sin'. Hester is a strong type who accepts her punishment and refuses to name the child's father even after considerable pressure to do so.Read more ›
I loved his allegorical treatment of the emotional ramifications brought on by social, family, and religious situations. What was chillingworth's sin anyway? Who cheated on who? I would say that the "goody-two shoe" minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, was the real villain. He never confessed to save Hester and Pearl until his dying day; he had nothing to personally gain by keeping his secret.
I "feel" for all the high school kids that do not appreciate or understand Hawthorne's stories. I suggest that you go to a quiet place, without interruptions--take the phone off the hook, and read. It will take time to get going; a little research would help. Coming to this site is a start. See what others think about his writing--BUT DON'T GIVE UP. You may even have to admit that you like it
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Great recording, beautifully read. A masterpiece of literature of all times.Published 1 month ago by francesco cisternino
Excellent reading. Could not literally put it down. Great addition to my library. I love this book. Buy it folks. You won't regret it.Published 3 months ago by Sherrisse Lindsay
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Good read for A-level literature - good for context of the 19th century.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novella about hypocrisy and judgement in a New England Puritan community in the seventeenth century is a slow burner but well worth persisting with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth