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Analysis Of The Letter Through Today's Eyes

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The Letter Through Today’s Eyes Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” has always been one of the most well known pieces of literature to this day. From the infamous letter “A” the protagonist Hester Prynne wears on her breast to the hypocritical puritan beliefs the book mentions - the book remains both romantic and complex. It takes place in the mid seventeenth century in Boston, Massachusetts where Hester is publicly humiliated in front of her entire village for committing adultery and having a child that is considered illegitimate to society. Throughout the entire novel, her husband Roger Chillingworth spends the next several years of his life plotting revenge against Hester’s adulterer, Arthur Dimmesdale, which is not revealed until the second half of the book. Hawthorne brilliantly develops his characters, he starts off with not giving much detail of Hester’s background but shows us her breathtaking beauty. He writes that “The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance on a large scale. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine…” (Hawthorne, 105) and that her inner strength and compassion is actually within her character the entire time. As she is sentenced to a lifetime of humiliation her beauty and warmth slowly begins to fade however, her strength…show more content…
Reading this novel had me on an emotional rollercoaster, from the eternal love Hester had for Dimmesdale, to the everlasting drama with Roger Chillingworth, I could not put this beautifully written mid seventeenth century novel down. Overall it is an amazing piece of literature that lives vicariously on through history. The novel itself is an amazing read for anyone who enjoys a captivating and thrilling piece of literature that perfectly captures the ideals of
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