In an extended introduction, Hawthorne describes his employment in the Salem Custom House, and how he purportedly found an old document and a piece of cloth embroidered with the letter "A" in a pile of old papers. This fictitious document being the germ of the story that Hawthorne writes, as follows. In Junein Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. She is required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her.
Hester Prynne, a young wife whose husband has been missing for over a year, is accused of adultery following the birth of her infant daughter Pearl.
In a shameful public ceremony, Hester is forced to stand on a scaffold for more than three hours and submit to an interrogation. She is forced to wear a scarlet-colored A on her clothes to mark her as an adulteress.
While on the scaffold, Hester sees her husband, Mr. Prynne, a physician who has just now returned to Boston. Following the interrogation, Hester and Prynne meet in private, where the two apologize The scarlet letter notes their respective offenses Hester for her adultery and Prynne for his long absence, as well as for marrying such a young, vital woman—and at his age.
Prynne was suspected of having been killed by Native Americans and thus was not recognized by anyone but Hester. He makes her promise not to reveal his true identity and assumes the name Roger Chillingworth. She is then allowed to build a business as a seamstress—a role in which she thrives, despite the contempt, condescension, and verbal abuse she suffers at the hands of her neighbors and patrons.
Meanwhile, her daughter, Pearl, grows from an infant to a lovely, vibrant, peculiar little girl. Later, it will be revealed that Dimmesdale himself is the father.
In this scene, however, Hester is the only other person who knows this, and Pearl speaks to her father, unaware of his true identity.
She bears these criticisms well.
The doctor sees the wound, but chooses not to treat it. She wishes Chillingworth would exact his revenge on her instead of Dimmesdale. In effect, she wants to bear the burden of the scarlet letter alone.
Pearl fashions a green letter A out of grass.
Intuitively, the girl understands that Hester wears the A for the same reason that Dimmesdale places his hand over his heart. Hester convinces Dimmesdale to run away with her and Pearl so that they can start over together as a family.
Later, however, Dimmesdale thinks himself into believing that Hester has tempted him into sin. He rethinks their plan, which, unfortunately, cannot be put into action for four days, when the boat that will take them away from Boston departs.
Hester and Chillingworth, however, are the only ones who see him, and they take Dimmesdale home to rest. The Reverend delivers a moving sermon that week, following which he reveals the scarlet letter on his chest. Without treatment, this wound has become infected. She hopes that they will meet again in Heaven and live out eternity together.
Hester, on the other hand, returns years later and lives the rest of her days bearing the mark of the scarlet letter.THE SCARLET LETTER By ELIZABETH POE, Ph.D.
INTRODUCTION Although written almost years ago, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Lettercontains concepts and insights relevant to contemporary readers. The themes of alienation and breaking society’s rules .
Themes in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter include isolation, hypocrisy, the nature of evil, the role of a woman in society, the destructive power of guilt, revenge, and the pressures society places on individuals to conform.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter, his famous tale of adultery and alienation, in The novel has become a popular (and sometimes controversial) focus of literary study in American literature.
The compelling and timeless themes of the story are expressed powerfully in some of the most memorable and still-relevant passages. The Scarlet Letter was an immediate success for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, the United States was still a relatively new society, less than one hundred years old at the time of the novel’s publication. Indeed, still tied to Britain in its cultural formation, Hawthorne's novel offered.