The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne is found guilty of adultery in the Nathanian Hawthorne's work of fiction "The Scarlet Letter." She must wear a red "A" on her dress as a sign of shame.

About The Scarlet Letter

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 Salem, Massachusetts 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. The story starts during the summer of 1642, near Boston, Massachusetts, in a Puritan village. A young woman, named Hester Prynne, has been led from the town prison with her infant daughter in her arms, and on the breast of her gown 'a rag of scarlet cloth' that 'assumed the shape of a letter.' It is the uppercase letter 'A.' The Scarlet Letter 'A' represents the act of adultery that she has committed and it is to be a symbol of her sina badge of shamefor all to see.

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