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[Read Ebook] Ã The Scarlet Letter µ Nathaniel Hawthorne s THE SCARLET LETTER reaches to our nation s historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community the defiant Hester Prynne the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale and the obsessed, vengeful ChillingworthWith THE SCARLET LETTER, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity s unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride La secrétaire the novel shows the terrible impact a single Bases d'optique géométrique : Des instruments ardents à la formation des images pour comprendre la vision et les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community the defiant Hester Prynne the fiery The Square tortured Reverend Dimmesdale and the obsessed La Discipline positive dans la classe vengeful ChillingworthWith THE SCARLET LETTER When Stars Came Down To Earth: Cosmology Of The Skidi Pawnee Indians Of North America Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic Jeremstar par Jérémy Gisclon, ma biographie officielle a masterful exploration of humanity s unending struggle with sin Affaires de famille guilt and pride Maybe 2.5 stars if I were just rating this on how much I actually enjoyed reading it The 40 page Custom House introduction was pure pain to plow through, no lie, and there are a lot of slow spots where Hawthorne gets hung up in the details But 5 stars for the richness of Hawthorne s language, the intriguing symbolism, and the way he delves into the human heart So I ll compromise at 4 stars.The Custom House part which is just a framing device seriously, I ll skip it if I ever read this agai Maybe 2.5 stars if I were just rating this on how much I actually enjoyed reading it The 40 page Custom House introduction was pure pain to plow through, no lie, and there are a lot of slow spots where Hawthorne gets hung up in the details But 5 stars for the richness of Hawthorne s language, the intriguing symbolism, and the way he delves into the human heart So I ll compromise at 4 stars.The Custom House part which is just a framing device seriously, I ll skip it if I ever read this again tells of a man who finds the fateful scrap of red cloth a scarlet A, beautifully embroidered with gold thread, along with a 200 year old manuscript telling the story of Hester Prynne This man then retells her story In the mid 1600s Boston is a Puritan settlement, so adultery was a huge scandal Hester Prynne is led out of jail in front of a crowd, her baby daughter Pearl in her arms, and with the scarlet A on her dress, standing for Adultress She s put in a scaffold and publicly shamed Her elderly husband has been missing for years, so it s clear he s not the father of Pearl But Hester resolutely refuses to name the actual father What she doesn t realize is that her long lost husband is in the crowd, hiding his identity from everyone except Hester Going by the name of Roger Chillingworth shivers , he settles in and patiently waits for his chance for revenge.Boston officials try to take Pearl away from Hester, but a young minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, pleads her case The popular Dimmesdale has his own problems a mysterious wasting disease and heart trouble Maybe just maybe his problems are mostly psychological And then the secretly suspicious Chillingworth decides to befriend Dimmesdale The use of a scarlet letter on clothing to publicly brand adulterers is a historic fact, but Hawthorne turns it into a potent symbol I loved this take on it, from an excellent critical review and analysis in The Atlantic We may realize its value, in the present case, by imagining the book with the scarlet letter omitted It is not practically essential to the plot But the scarlet letter uplifts the theme from the material to the spiritual level It is the concentration and type of the whole argument It transmutes the prose into poetry It serves as a formula for the conveyance of ideas otherwise too subtle for words, as well as to enhance the gloomy picturesqueness of the moral scenery It burns upon its wearer s breast, it casts a lurid glow along her pathway, it isolates her among mankind, and is at the same time the mystic talisman to reveal to her the guilt hidden in other hearts.The entire story each character, each event, people s appearances, even objects is filled with symbolism Light and darkness, sin and secrecy, suffering and redemption, all have a role It can be a little or a lot hard to wade through the old fashioned language and viewpoint of The Scarlet Letter, but it really rewards the reader who s willing to look deeper Hester walked across the room She stepped upon her left foot, her right foot, and then her left foot again One wonders, why doth she, in this instance of walking across the room, begin her journey upon the left foot and not the right Could it be her terrible sin, that the devil informeth the left foot just as he informeth the left hand and those bewitched, left handed persons amongst us Why, forsooth, doth the left foot of sin draggeth the innocent right foot along its wretched journey from Hester walked across the room She stepped upon her left foot, her right foot, and then her left foot again One wonders, why doth she, in this instance of walking across the room, begin her journey upon the left foot and not the right Could it be her terrible sin, that the devil informeth the left foot just as he informeth the left hand and those bewitched, left handed persons amongst us Why, forsooth, doth the left foot of sin draggeth the innocent right foot along its wretched journey from one side of the room to the other She walked across the room, I tell you Guilty feet hath got no rhythm The story, not bad The style, unreadable Here is who I would recommend this book to people who like sentences with 4 or 5 thoughts, and that are paragraph length so that they are nearly impossible to understand because by the time the end, of the sentence, has been reached the beginning, and whatever meaning it contained, has been forgotten and the point is lost. I found my old high school review of this book Here s a little bit of my assessment Apologiese in advance If there is a hell, Hawthorne is the devil s sidekick, and the first thing you re given after the stark realization that you re in hell, on fire, and this is going to last forever is this book And you have to do a 10 page paper praising the wondrous virtues of this massive waste of time And after you ve finished writing in your own blood, mind you your stupid paper, you are given an I found my old high school review of this book Here s a little bit of my assessment Apologiese in advance If there is a hell, Hawthorne is the devil s sidekick, and the first thing you re given after the stark realization that you re in hell, on fire, and this is going to last forever is this book And you have to do a 10 page paper praising the wondrous virtues of this massive waste of time And after you ve finished writing in your own blood, mind you your stupid paper, you are given another essay topic dealing with this same insipid book Congratulations, this is what you ll be doing for eternity.Haha, I really DID NOT LIKE this book in HS, and it s part of the reason why I have always been apprehensive about US literature especially the classics.Now I m a TEACHER and I m going to revisit this monolith of high school trauma and I ll go into it with as much of an open mind as possible I did the same thing with Old Man and the Sea I remember loathing that book when I read it my freshmen year and the second time around I LIKED IT I did not like either book because my teachers did not do a good job of selling it to me There was little to no background, no setup, no explanation as to why we should read this other than ED Hirsch said you have to, so go read it Teaching 101 never have your students read a book that you yourself do not enjoy I think my teachers disliked both books, and it rubbed off on their students