Reading The Scarlet Letter relieved me. Many people throng about the steps leading down from the big oak door. Curious to know more, the narrator reads the manuscript written two hundred years ago, describing events that marked the life of Hester Prynne. He gives her a potion that will calm her down, but Hester hesitates, doubting that he might want to do her harm. She stepped upon her left foot, her right foot, and then her left foot again. Is it the outward sin, such as Hester's, that is the worse? And you have to do a 10 page paper praising the wondrous virtues of this massive waste of time. 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.
To be completely fair though, I started around the same time and had no trouble concentrating and isolating life's questions while I was reading all about Ulysses. Eventually readers learn that Roger Chillingworth is Hester's former husband who is being pitied among Boston citizens, but never seen. Although the words the author uses to describe nature, events and emotions are not those we would use today, it was never hard to understand. Now this would be fine in a book where the damned character was in the woods, say, leading an army of orcs. It vitiates the fact of her growth as a woman of independent means whose very presence, albeit in the fringes of society, serves as an existential threat to the patriarchal Puritan set-up. I like to think of books as being like magicians.
Roger Chillingworth accepts his role gladly and attaches to Mr. Hester agrees to Chillingworth's terms even though she suspects she will regret it. And we're really too smart for a book whose object lessons are so comically out of date in today's society. The Scarlet Letter is about the effect of shame on people, both when external and when external. At just that moment, Hester and Pearl pass by and join Dimmesdale on the scaffold. It goes beyond not having time to write. 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.
Modern society and a number of people seem somewhat confused about our ancestors. Once you have skipped that part, what greets you is a wonderful book about the nature and defination of sin. Why, forsooth, doth the left foot of sin draggeth the innocent right foot along its wretched journey from Hester walked across the room. I mean, just look at the 3. Pearl, playing nearby, does not recognize her mother without the letter.
The young minister stops occasionally to pick flowers. Lo maravilloso en Hester Prynne es que siempre mantiene su cabeza erguida, estoica, sin revelar nunca quién es el padre de esa niña, por la cual es obligada a lleva la A escarlata bordada en sus vestidos. Once you have skipped that part, what greets you is a wonderful book about the nature and defination of sin. Guilty feet hath got no rhythm. An old woman sits at a spinning wheel in the sunshine. Hawthorne skilfully delves into the themes of legalism and guilt, and the story is one to think about.
I found the writing lyrical. On a deeper level, the novel is a contrast between good and evil, justice and harm, faith and impiety. With him are Reverends Wilson and Dimmesdale. Religion can be taken too far. I loved all the unanswered questions and the power of this story. Once you have skipped that part, what greets you is a wonderful book about the nature and defination of sin.
Besides, his wri Nathaniel Hawthorne is the coolest name ever. One of his patients is Dimmesdale, who has fallen ill with heart trouble. Unlike many moderns, Hawthorne doesn't regard Hester's adultery as perfectly okay and excusable --though he also doesn't regard it as an unforgivable sin. I may not agree with some of the lessons in the story, nor with the beliefs of all the Puritanical books, but there's something to be said when this story can transcend time -- and become a much copied work of literature. I mentioned in a that I was worried that if I wasn't in the right state of mind and in an adequate setting, I wouldn't be able to enjoy Dickens's - turned out it wasn't the case.
Lastly, since the narrative mostly develops around the tension between conflicting ideologies it becomes a bit too involved with its own didacticism, often reducing its characters to mere stiff mouthpieces or symbols. At least, it ends on a bit of an uplift. A hush comes over the multitude. The doctor who comes to visit Hester is Roger Chillingworth, the man who observed her from the crowd and wanted to know more about her. The governor and Wilson inform Hester that Pearl should be taken away after Pearl mischievously gives wrong answers to religious questions. And his decision to go out in a blaze of pseudo-heroic glory by finally confessing to his 'sin' publicly is further evidence of his self-serving nature.