Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist and short story writer, who is found gloomy and pensive in his writings, was born in 1804 in Salem. His works were often related to history, morality and religion.
Hawthorne depicts the life of the puritan community in America in his novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’.
It is one of the masterpiece of American fiction, a story of two lovers which clashed with the moral laws of the Puritans. ‘The Scarlett Letter’ was one of the first mass produced publication in the U.S. The novel explores love, sin, crime, guilt, punishment and revenge.
In the novel, the protagonist, Hester Prynne bears the scarlet letter ‘A’ on her chest at all times and is publicly shamed for having committed adultery. Pearl is the living version of the scarlet letter ‘A’, the illegitimate child. Hester never reveals the name of her child’s father.
It is an irony that Arthur Dimmesdale, the one who had committed the sin has to question her in public, asking the name of Hester’s lover. Nevertheless, behind the curtains he keeps tormenting himself both physically and psychologically to deal with his guilt.
Will the affair between Hester and Arthur get exposed? Read to know about it👇