The Scarlet Letter

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Chapter Analysis

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, was one of the first mass-produced books in America. Even at the time of publication, it occupied a special place in the young nation's imagination. As you follow Hester's trajectory from proper Puritan to fallen woman to freed woman, consider: How do the rigid rules of Puritan society help Hawthorne raise his narrative stakes? What social conventions does Hawthorne exploit to ratchet up the tension between his characters? What role does symbolism play in advancing a plot that spans seven years?

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General Analysis

Nathaniel Hawthorne was descended from a judge responsible for at least eight deaths during the Salem Witch Trials. In what way does Hawthorne's take on Puritan society represent a conversation with his past or an exorcism of his inherited guilt? What criticisms does Hawthorne levy on Puritan society? In what way does this story function as a polemic against repression or religion? In what way can it be considered "ahead" of its time? And why does this story about a bygone time continue to find such rich resonance in the modern English classroom?

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