Review Of The Scarlet Letter


Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and intrigue, all of
which would make an excellent coming attraction on the Hollywood scene and
probably a pretty good book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making
it long, drawn out, tedious, wearisome, sleep inducing, insipidly asinine,
and the end result is The Scarlet Letter. Despite all these things it is
considered a classic and was a statement of the era.
The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful and not so traditional example of
the good versus evil theme. What makes this a unique instance of good
versus evil is that either side could be considered either one. Hester
could very easily have been deduced as evil, or the "bad ...

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Chillingworth, Hester's true husband, can
be seen in both lights. Either they can be perceived as just upholding the
law -she committed a crime, they enforce the law. On the other hand are
they going to extreme measures such as wanting to take Pearl, Hester's
daughter, away just because Hester has deviated from the norm, all to
enforce an unjust law that does not even apply to this situation?
Although the subjects of the novel do apply to important issues in
history and could have had influences on the time period, they were not
great. During the times and in the Puritan community this did not have a
large affect on anything. Sure, they did not want anyone committing
adultery, most were killed if convicted, but it was not something that
upset their way of living in any permanent manner. To an individual or
group who was battling something backward in the Puritan society, as were
many things, this would have been an inspirational book and possibly a
revelation.
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