New Essays on The Scarlet Letter

5 His Folly , Her Weakness : Demystified Adultery in The Scarlet Letter CAROL
BENSICK L awthorne ' s distinctive emphasis on the historical context of 1Imoral
and psychological experience has somewhat obscured The Scarlet Letter ' s ...

Author: Michael J. Colacurcio

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521319980

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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The introduction to this volume outlines the critical history of the novel. Each of the interpretative essays that follow places The Scarlet Letter in a specific historical and cultural context. The first shows that an awareness of the convention of romance is essential to an understanding of the novel. A second investigates the tension between Hawthorne's Puritan setting and his Romantic language, suggesting a complex relationship among author, narrator, characters, and story. A third considers the novel's pervasive metaphor of sexuality. The final essay locates the work in the genre of 'the novel of adultery'.

The Scarlet Letter

to begin with a necessary word of apology and explanation concerning the
limited nature of my subject , for I am going to discuss mainly the ' story ' of The
Scarlet ...

Author: Hawthorne

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 9788131704394


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The Scarlet Letter Second Edition

The "Scarlet Letter" is a psychological romance. The hardiest Mrs. Malaprop
would never venture to call it a novel. It is a tale of remorse, a study of character
in which the human heart is anatomized, carefully elaborately, and with striking
poetic ...

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551116365

Category: Fiction

Page: 424

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Hawthorne’s story of the disgraced Hester Prynne (who must wear a scarlet “A” as the mark of her adultery), of her illegitimate child, Pearl, and of the righteous minister Arthur Dimmesdale continues to resonate with modern readers. Set in mid-seventeenth-century Boston, this powerful tale of passion, Puritanism, and revenge is one of the foremost classics of American literature. This Broadview edition contains a selection of historical documents that include Hawthorne’s writings on Puritanism, the historical sources of the story, and contemporary reviews of the novel. New to the second edition are an updated critical introduction and bibliography and, in the appendices, additional writings by Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry James, and William Dean Howells.

The Threads of The Scarlet Letter

This Final Chapter Will Focus On The Pattern Of Threads In The Scarlet Letter —
it will attend more to formal traditions and conventions, and less to specific source
passages. The theme of sin and abiding guilt — evident in "The Tell-Tale Heart ...

Author: Richard Kopley

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874137699

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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The Threads of The Scarlet Letter offers new discoveries regarding the origins of Hawthorne's masterpiece, as well as critical interpretations based on these discoveries. Relying on a blend of close reading, biographical analysis, and archival research, this book demonstrates anew the power of traditional scholarship. The Threads of The Scarlet Letter illuminates Hawthorne's transformation of Poe's celebrated tale The Tell-Tale Heart and Lowell's long-neglected poem A Legend of Brittany and, identifying the hitherto-unknown author of the seminal narrative The Salem Belle, investigates Hawthorne's brilliant borrowing from that novel as well. The present volume argues that Hawthorne repeatedly attenuated his sources, but also allowed sufficient detail to permit their recognition. Furthermore, this volume elaborates Hawthorne's reworking of formal traditions in The Scarlet Letter--traditions that importantly clarify the meaning of the whole. The Scarlet Letter is shown to be a complex rendering of man's fall and redemption, and a triumphant assertion of literary vocation. The Threads of The Scarlet Letter includes a useful bibliographical overview of the history of the study of the origins of Hawthorne's greatest work.

The Scarlet Letter

I ' m going to get all the flowers and throw them at you like stones ! I ' m going to
throw them at that scarlet letter ! ( PEARL has been picking up the imaginary
flowers , and now she starts furiously pelting the “ A ” with them . ) There ! And
there !

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 9780871299215

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 106

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In the puritan atmosphere of colonial New England, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet A (for adultery) for giving birth to an illegitimate daughter. The child's father, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale, knows peace only after he has been shamed into confessing. Hester, however, acknowledging no sin, cannot find such peace. Here is a masterful account of religious and sexual oppression, hypocrisy, and intrigue by one of the giants of American fiction.

Understanding the Scarlet Letter

from reviews of The Scarlet Letter published soon after its publication. The old
Puritan bias against fiction, which continued into the nineteenth century, and
which ...

Author: Claudia Durst Johnson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313293283

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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Gathers historical documents that illustrate Puritan and nineteenth-century attitudes, and shares contemporaneous reviews and current relevant news articles

The Scarlet Cloth

Each night the scarlet cloth was put back in the chest with the Urdyan Crystals.
Each year Joel and Marg would journey back to the caves to spend a month
gathering a fresh supply of crystals. What they didn't know was that repeated
exposure ...

Author: E. C. Atkinson

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434900460

Category: Fiction

Page: 46

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Scarlet Plume

And she shows a sort of ultimate strength of will when she steadfastly defends
Scarlet Plume's innocence from the moment of his arrival to his execution,
defying the military and the traumatized whites by continuing to wear her Indian

Author: Frederick Manfred

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803281202

Category: Fiction

Page: 365

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In 1862, the largest Indian uprising in American history occurred in southern Minnesota. Enraged Sioux attempted to throw off the broken treaties that still bound them and to avenge the insults and depredations they had been forced to bear. Hundreds of whites were killed. Women were taken captive. Told from the point of view of Judith Raveling, a young woman widowed by the uprising, Scarlet Plume draws on the brutal history of the conflict from beginning to end. Taken captive by the Sioux she is given to Scarlet Plume, one of the many warriors who know their cause is lost. Caught between the men who would wage war ruthlessly and his own judgment, which tells him how dearly the Sioux will pay for every white killed, Scarlet Plume tries to save all he can. Through the dangers of a pitiless war he returns Judith to the safety of her people. Soon she must try to save him. Scarlet Plume is the third of Frederick Manfred's five-volume series, the Buckskin Man Tales.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

We see all subsequent events through Marguerite's eyes. We hear her thoughts
as she regards her supposedly inane husband. We feel her anguish when she is
blackmailed by Chauvelin to assist him in the capture of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Author: Baroness Orczy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101126787

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A timeless novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance is sparked by one man's defiance in the face of authority... The year is 1792. The French Revolution, driven to excess by its own triumph, has turned into a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels bearing new victims to the guillotine roll over the cobbled streets of Paris.… Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written. The mysterious figure known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, sworn to rescue helpless men, women, and children from their doom; his implacable foe, the French agent Chauvelin, relentlessly hunting him down; and lovely Marguerite Blakeney, a beautiful French exile married to an English lord and caught in a terrible conflict of loyalties—all play their parts in a suspenseful tale that ranges from the squalid slums of Paris to the aristocratic salons of London, from intrigue on a great English country estate to the final denouement on the cliffs of the French coast. There have been many imitations of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but none has ever equaled its superb sense of color and drama and its irresistible gift of wonderfully romantic escape. With an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand

The Scarlet Letter

If Hawthorne was in a sombre mood, and if his future were painfully vague, The
Scarlet Letter contains little enough of gaiety or of hopefulness. It is densely dark,
with a single spot of vivid colour in it; and it will probably long remain the most ...

Author: Michael Cisco

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143811477X

Category: Adultery in literature

Page: 126

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- Comprehensive reading and study guides for some of the world's most important literary masterpieces. - Concise critical excerpts provide a scholarly overview of each work. - The Story Behind the Story details the conditions under which the work was written. - Each book includes a biographical sketch of the author, a descriptive list of characters, an extensive summary and analysis, and an annotated bibliography

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet. Pimpernel. 1776: American colonies ratify Declaration of Independence.
1778: France signs alliance with American colonies. 1783: Peace of Paris ends
conflict between France, American colonies, and Britain. 1787: Exile of Parlement

Author: Baroness Orczy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743487745

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine.

Scarlet Tanager

Author: Bernadette Mayer

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811215824

Category: Poetry

Page: 117

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Comprised almost entirely of never-before-collected poems, Scarlet Tanager is Bernadette Mayer's first collection of new work in nearly a decade.

The Scarlet Ibis

Author: Susan Hahn

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810151847

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

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Collects a series of poems that are connected by the image of the ibis.

The Office of The Scarlet Letter

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780801845840

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 388

"Goes a long way to proving that any literary masterpiece, read with sympathy and intelligence, works to re-establish the connections between the work of art and the life and thought of its time." -- James R. Mellow, Times Literary Supplement

The Scarlet Letter Readable Classics

But it was remarkable how this dress matched the scarlet letter which Hester
Prynne was doomed to wear upon her bosom. It was the sinful symbol in another
form—the scarlet letter endowed with life! The mother herself—as if the red letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: Chadwick Publishing

ISBN: 0615332013

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 659

Hester Prynne, a woman condemned for a sin of passion, must forever wear the scarlet letter "A" on her breast.

SAT Words from Literature the Scarlet Letter

THIS INTENSE consciousness of being the object of severe and universal
observation, the wearer of the scarlet letter was at length relieved by discerning,
on the outskirts of the crowd, a figure which irresistibly took possession of her

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: Prestwick House Inc

ISBN: 1580498574


Page: 368

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Grammardog Guide to The Scarlet Letter

1 Full of concern, therefore, -- but so conscious of 25 THE SCARLET LETTER by
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Grammar and Style multiple choice questions Exercise 8
Clauses multiple choice questions Answer Glossary Glossary Style: Literary ...

Author: Mary Jane McKinney

Publisher: Grammardog LLC

ISBN: 1608570312

Category: Education

Page: 57

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Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this classic American novel. All sentences are from the novel. Figurative language exemplifies Romanticism (leaves "whisper," pine trees "moan," ". . . the sunshine does not love you."). Allusions characteristic of Romanticism include "magic circle," "magician's wand," "elfish spirit," "nymph-child," "fairies," "witches," "Eden" and "Pentecost."

Scarlet Letter EasyRead Comfort Edition

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne


ISBN: 1425050972

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 796

The story The Scarlet Letter revolves around a woman named Hester who has committed adultery. Consequently, she is subjected to punishment according to Bible rules which were strictly followed then. Hester is condemned for life and is forced to wear a scarlet symbol as a punishment for her sin....

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

Author: E.L. Konigsburg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0689301111

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 201

View: 915

While waiting in heaven for divine judgement to be passed on her second husband, Eleanor of Aquitaine and three of the people who knew her well recall the events of her life.


When I first introduced the character of Scarlet into Eponine's story, I had no idea
that the third book would be her adventure to tell. I certainly didn't intend for her to
become Eponine's lover! But the nearer towards the end of Eponine's tale I got, ...

Author: Jason D. Mepham


ISBN: 1291806245

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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Blood is all powerful, all consuming. It lives within us all and is too precious to spill. Blood is EVERYTHING. Made in error, it is not my fault I crave the blood of so many. My name is Scarlet and I am not a monster.