The Scarlet Letter: A Review


Q: If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations, do you
consider it literature? Based on which other criteria?
I. I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my
reading of it. Rosenblat said "The readers attention to the text activates
certain elements in his past experience-external reference, internal
response-that have become linked with the verbal symbols." This rang true
to me for, as I was plodding through the text, I saw a well crafted story
with impressive symbols and techniques, but I was never drawn into the
story and often found myself putting it down and struggling back to it
later. Because there was no connection for me, it was not ...

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process of the
literary experience before us, I shall attempt to look more deeply into the
nature of the literary experience, and to explore implications for problems
of literary theory. . ." I think that Rosenblat would agree with me that
it might not be literature in my own sense, but on the larger scale,
literature it is.

II. At the beginning of the second semester, each individual in our
English class with Dr. Taylor wrote a small definition of what literature
was; it is this that I refer to for most of this section. Literature is
ideas and thoughts written down with a purpose. "Not a purpose like making
a shopping list, but rather to bring forth emotion from your reader,
whether it's humorous, sad, depressing, angry, romantic." In my definition,
I compared literature to music. I believe that anyone can throw notes onto
a sheet of musical paper (or words on typing paper) and have it come out
sounding like chopsticks (or a shopping list,) but it takes special talent
and ...

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as
Childhood's End, Demian, and some various pieces from Kafka and Whitman,
school-chosen books have not impressed me. This might be a negative to
start each new book off with, but I can't help myself. The story of Hester
was an intriguing one. A woman trapped in a love triangle with a clergyman,
a (supposedly dead) husband, and her daughter seems the proper setting for
a story that would if not intrigue me, at least interest me. But I was not.
The first problem that I saw was the setting. I am not terribly
interested with the time period of settlers and Puritans; in fact, there
seems to be a wave of interest on a time line for me: I love medieval
settings, my interest drops down, ...

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