The Scarlet Letter
Sin. Guilt. Shame. Courage. Redemption. These are the themes that dominate Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter. Initially published in 1850, Hawthorne’s novel is set in seventeenth century Massachusetts Bay Colony under the governance of Puritan leaders. The Scarlet Letter explores the moral dilemma of an illicit affair between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and secret father of her child, Pearl.
When Hester’s sins are made known, she is forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her dress to expose her sin of adultery to the public. Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband, revenges himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken cleric. The result is a powerful tragedy that has captivated audiences since its publication more than a century and a half ago.
Read for yourself what has been standard classroom reading for generations of Americans, a book that continues to haunt and inspire people and touch upon a host of human emotions that captures the essence of the human nature.