The Scarlet Letter is one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s darkest and most memorable novels. In this moving story, one sinful act wreaks havoc on the lives of three people. When a beautiful young woman, Hester Prynne, conceives a child outside of marriage, she is punished and humiliated by being required to always wear a scarlet ‘A’ on her clothing.
Believing her husband was lost at sea after a shipwreck, Hester takes a lover. When she becomes pregnant, she refuses to divulge the name of the baby’s father. When her husband returns unexpectedly, the lives of all involved are put in turmoil. Set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, The Scarlet Letter delves into the strict Puritan society of the era.
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