Review: The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Scarlet Letter, a classic romantic period tale written in 1850, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students are often required to read excerpts from this book, if not the whole book, during school. I was one of those students, but then I read it again in college as part of my American Romanticism course during freshmen year. But I also read it a third time prior to a movie being released, as I liked the actors in the movie, but wanted to be able to compare the literary work against it… and it had been a while since I’d read the story.

It’s a tough work to get into, given the language and style. But once you do, it flourishes. Apart from being one of the most influential works of Puritan belief systems, it also broke ground by truly focusing on a woman who has done something sacrilegious above and beyond any normal broken sins. To lay with a man when you are not married… ugh, let’s throw some stones at that vixen! Phew… not that I got that out of my system…

I love the story. It was necessary at that time to push the envelope. People needed to break away from Puritan traditions of the former century. Minds were starting to open up about what it meant to be in love, to have a child and to be on your own. I may not agree with some of the lessons in the story, nor with the beliefs of all the Puritanical books, but there’s something to be said when this story can transcend time — and become a much copied work of literature. So many modern stories and books reference The Scarlet Letter… show the “A” on a woman’s chest… even down to something like Pretty Little Liars which has nothing to do with this book, but the villain simply goes by “A” in the first few books. Some may think I’m pushing it by connecting those dots, but it all got its start from this book, in my opinion.

Love it. But can’t give it a 5 as the language is difficult, tho I understand it was fine for the times.

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10 thoughts on “Review: The Scarlet Letter

    bettylouise31 said:
    May 28, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    This book left an impression. That I still remember my feelings as 70 years. It was required reading in highschool. Probably, my first experience in domestic abuse though it wasn’t called that.

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    soultogive said:
    May 28, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Great review!

    Really liked that bit about the society teetering on the edge of change.

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    Norin said:
    May 28, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    Geez, the language is difficult even for you… I got this book last month and I picked it up on a whim, skimmed through a few pages and then put it back on my shelf considering I might not be ready for this book just yet because of the language issue… 😦
    But I’ll definitely give this book a try. Thanks for the review!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 28, 2017 at 7:45 PM

      Oh! I may have been an English major and I may have read a lot, but yes. It was tough! Beautiful and graceful. But metaphorical. There are a lot more easy to read classics. But this is a good story once you can get thru the initial shock!

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    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    July 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    It is good to see posts about classics. Today it is hard for me to find anybody to discuss opinion about classisc. They are not interested or they have already forgotten the sory.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 10, 2017 at 8:03 AM

      happy to anytime! I have a bunch on here… many are older reviews tho, as I haven’t read them in the last couple of years. nice to meet ya!

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