There is much more to this novel than a simple scandal. Simply put: do not buy this edition of the book. Setting aside the totally unaesthetic cover art, which quite frankly looks like a compressed google image superimposed upon a black background, and lack of a synopsis or any key information on the back cover, the pages themselves are difficult to read as there are no clear paragraph indentations or chapter breaks thus making scansion difficult. Modern readers may find the sentences tryingly long and the sentiments unimaginable. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act. It is a classic because it resonates with its all-too-human readers.
But I now see a richer, more textured story fraught with many tragedies. Truly, there is, both in the Scripture and the statute-book. Although the page perimeters of the text are toned, the text is clean and unmarked. Othello: The Moor of Venice. Come along, Madam Hester, and show your scarlet letter in the market-place! It might be that a sluggish bond-servant, or an undutiful child, whom his parents had given over to the civil authority, was to be corrected at the whipping-post.
It shows the strictness of Puritan beliefs in the 1600s, it shows the difference between a person bearing shame and a person bearing secret guilt, it shows the price of sin and the gift of forgiveness. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. It would be greatly for the public behoof, if we women, being of mature age and church-members in good repute, should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Is there not law for it? This rating need only apply to the quality of the publisher Millenium Publishers — not Mr.
This personage prefigured and represented in his aspect the whole dismal severity of the Puritanic code of law, which it was his business to administer in its final and closest application to the offender. The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance on a large scale. Madam Hester would have winced at that, I warrant me. Bookseller: , Washington, United States New York: Signet : New American Library, 1980. It was a circumstance to be noted, on the summer morning when our story begins its course, that the women, of whom there were several in the crowd, appeared to take a peculiar interest in whatever penal infliction might be expected to ensue. Currently Associate Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Arthea Charlie J. Upon discovering her deed, the vengeful husband becomes obsessed with finding the identity of the man who dishonored his wife.
The Picture of Dorian Gray. We pride ourselves on offering prompt, reliable customer service and a no hassle return policy. I tried to absorb the despair and find the strength that she was forced to find and soon I learned to love her as though I had known her and her agony personally. To her dress is pinned a scarlet letter, and she is released, but she'll spend the rest of her life being shunned and stared at. She has been charged with adultery, which is obviously true because she has a baby and her husband hasn't been around in ages.
Pages and cover are clean and intact. Read some literary criticism dealing with The Scarlet Letter and write a summary from at least four sources. I recently re-read this after 40 years and oddly enough, the book has drastically improved. Why, gossips, what is it but to laugh in the faces of our godly magistrates, and make a pride out of what they, worthy gentlemen, meant for a punishment? It might be, that an Antinomian, a Quaker, or other heterodox religionist was to be scourged out of the town, or an idle and vagrant Indian, whom the white man's fire-water had made riotous about the streets, was to be driven with stripes into the shadow of the forest. The book starts off with Hester Prynne, the main character, being led up on the scaffold for the public to gawk at. This book is one for the ages! As a teenager, in English class, we were scandalized by Hester's um, well, you know. A must buy if ever there was one.
Southern Connecticut State University in English and her Ph. Stretching forth the official staff in his left hand, he laid his right upon the shoulder of a young woman, whom he thus drew forward; until, on the threshold of the prison-door, she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air, as if by her own free will. Read Richard Armour's parody of The Scarlet Letter in The Classics Reclassified McGraw-Hill, 1960 and write your own parody of one of the characters or situations in The Scarlet Letter. An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging vengeful husband—these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Note - Cover art different from what is pictured. The women who were now standing about the prison-door stood within less than half a century of the period when the man-like Elizabeth1 had been the not altogether unsuitable representative of the sex.
The story of how Hester Prynne earned her A for Adultery. This is a story about the woman, her lover and the struggles that she and her lover go through I read this book when I was in middle school, and now, twenty years later, it holds even more power. It includes a new, wide-ranging introduction that sheds light on the novel's autobiographical, historical, and literary contexts, a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography, and thorough notes that provide essential information on Puritan and nineteenth-century life. Nathanial Hawthorne has brilliantly critiqued the human condition and masterfully described the burden of shame, hypocrisy, vengeance and triumph. Hester Prynne is my favorite literary heroine! A tale of transgression, sorrow and atonement about a woman who in a Puritan society committed adultery and is cast out. The classic novel of American literature, of the intersection between an ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her vengeful husband, set in 17th century Boston, Massachusetts. To do so he assumes a false name, pretends to be a physician and forces Hester keep his new identity secret.
Each volume contains literary fiction in contrast to the Signet Books series from the same publisher in which each volume contains popular fiction and non-fiction. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Deep themes of good and evil and the nature of man. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. Read some of Hawthorne's other novels romance and compare them with The Scarlet Letter.
Defiant and proud, Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men, as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide. Bookseller: , North Dakota, United States. Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped. Bookseller: , New York, United States Signet Classics, 1959. However, clearly Hawthorne was a genius for he packs two or three reflections into every sentence and winds them about the characters flawlessly.