From unwed motherhood to sex and adultery, many of the moral issues and stigmas of Puritan society are still being dealt with today. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a large, red "A" on her chest when she is found guilty of adultery and refuses to name the father of her illegitimate child. This book explores the conflicts between private truth and public appearances, and the choice between sin and salvation.
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society shows the reader that in even the most tragic situation determination will prevail.
This classic should be read by anyone studying American literature or those who simply wish to catch a glimpse of our countrys past. The complexity of this book will challenge even the most advanced readers, and leave those who can actually understand Hawthornes elaborate style of writing with a feeling as if they had just traveled back in time.