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The Scarlet Letter

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"The Scarlet Letter" is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

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I first read this as a school text. It gave me a good taste of classic American literature but I wasn't ready to appreciate it at the time. Coming back to this text, with the maturity of age, I can appreciate so much more Hester's moral dilemma's (I won't say too much because I don't want to drop any spoilers). Hawthorne's characters are magical and add as much vital substance to the story as the plot line on its own: sombre Hester whose shame she deifiantly allows to burn bright red on her chest - over her heart and her bosom, simultaneously projecting her passion and womanliness. Her daughter, Pearl, dances almost like a fairy around her, and seems like a being of pure magic that was borne out of the ether rather than a fruit of adultery. It is almost as if she is untouchable by her mother's scorned deed. The main travel of the story is the alienation of this pair, and the doomed unravelling of Hester's secret: with whom did she commit adultery?
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