The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is considered to be one of the greatest examples of true
American literature. Its excellency of topic, characterization, and description has made it a permanent part
of our history. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s, it describes the life of Hester Prynne, a Puritan
woman whose existence is marred by sin. The real genius of the book is found in its description. Hawthorne
makes allusion, symbolism, and
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by one of the most skillful authors of
all time, it is a great example of how a reader can be dragged into the action and live with the characters.
Yet even with all this action, The Scarlet Letter manages to teach its audience a lesson in coping with life's
blows. Its clarity of thought and expression has captivated readers for over a century and probably will
continue to do so for many years more.