Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1804, published The Scarlet Letter in1850. Since it was first published , The Scarlet Letter has never been out of print,nor out of favor with the literary critics. It is inevitably included in listings of the five or ten greatest American novels. Considered to be the best of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings, it may also be the most typical. The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne’s masterpiece and his
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decisions that will effect their life.
Will Dimmesdale purify his conscience by public confession, or will he fail to do so and be destroyed by his own guilt? Then the question of Dimmesdale’s and Hester’s escape to try life over again. (2 Miziner) In order to experience the power of Hawthorne’s novel,
the reader must subdue his habitual impulse to look for the interest of the novel in the development of the plot.(2)