where Hawthorne errs. Hawthorne: A critical study, 3rd edn. Which do you feel is the case?
Have you ever felt you had a scarlet letter emblazoned on your chest?
Maybe it was an A for Adulterer, or an L for loser or loose or perhaps a D for drunk or druggie.
The Scarlet Letter : A Romance, an 1850 novel, is a work of historical fiction written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
American Studies Monograph Series,. Donald, and Orestes Brownson. Hunter, Dianne, Seduction and theory: readings of gender, representation, and rhetoric. Page 4 of 4, discussion Questions, below are two sets of discussions questions: the first from Random House US and the second from Vintage Classics (a division of Random House. Tormented by his guilty conscience, Dimmesdale goes to the square where Hester was punished years earlier. The most obvious and well known, as it is in the title, is the scarlet letter Hester is forced to wear. When demanded and cajoled to name the father of her child, Hester refuses. Her lover, however, is another matter and he demands to know who it is; Hester refuses to divulge such information. The scaffold, like the scarlet letter, to the Puritans, is a place of public shame for those persons who decide to break the Puritan Law. Finding herself pregnant with Dimmesdale's child, Hester is imprisoned for her indiscretion.
Elsewhere in the Bible, God says fornication (sex between two people who arent married to each other) is wrong. These few sentences pretty much sum up the significance of the scaffold in the story. To begin with, the most important and influential symbol in the entire book is the infamous scarlet letter, hence the title, The Scarlet Letter. This verse shows that just because God makes the sun rise or the rain fall for a person doesnt mean that he likes what they are doing. 23 Rosebush: The rosebush is mentioned twice within the course of the story.