Friday, 2 December 2011

THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Howthorne

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston. this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthornes concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale, trapped by the rules of society, stands as a classic study of a self divided.

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