Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

Name of Book:  The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne


Summary:  From  America’s first psychological novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a dark tale of love, crime, and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single, forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members of a small Puritan community: Hester Prynne, an ardent and fierce woman who bears the punishment of her sin in humble silence; the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a respected public figure who is inwardly tormented by long-hidden guilt; and the malevolent Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband—a man who seethes with an Ahab-like lust for vengeance.

The landscape of this classic novel is uniquely American, but the themes it explores are universal—the nature of sin, guilt, and penitence, the clash between our private and public selves, and the spiritual and psychological cost of living outside society. Constructed with the elegance of a Greek tragedy, The Scarlet Letter brilliantly illuminates the truth that lies deep within the human heart.

What I Liked:  It was a classic novel.  Not only that, an American classic novel.  The scenery in the setting is a lot more relatable.  It is also a great story about society morals and perceptions. 

What I Didn’t Like:  It takes forever to even learn why Hester has the scarlet letter and then, it still isn’t very clear.  Also the language can be really difficult to follow.

Overall Thoughts:  Never ever again will I pick this book up to read.  It was so incredibly boring!!  I had to force myself to finish this story.  The plot didn’t move very well at all. 

Final Rating:  Red Star


Recommended?  Yes, read it so that you can say you did.  Then, form your own opinion.

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