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The Scarlet Letter
Transcript of The Scarlet Letter
To keep it short, The Scarlet Letter is about a woman named Hester Prynne. Who is sent to ahead of her husband to America. She then has an affair with a priest, and has a child named Pearl in which everyone freaks out because she committed adultery. (which for those of you that don't know what it is, its when you cheat on your husband/wife) Then she is forced to wear a Scarlet A on her clothing. Her husband comes back basically says "you are no longer my wife", but plot twist he becomes the doctor, for the priest. Later on when pearl is much older, and lives in France the whole town finds out that the priest was the father of pearl. How? because he admits it, and he shows the letter A he burnt into his skin all those years back and then he just drops dead.
Nathaniel Hawthorne Completed the Scarlet letter on September 3ed 1850.
He Only sold 7800 copies in his lifetime.
off of The Scarlet letter he made 1500 dollars profit.
he only wrote fiction and romance
He actually wore a Scarlet letter on his breast
other then the Scarlet letter he wrote: The house of Seven Gables, Tanglewood Tales, Young good man brown and many more.
November, 25th, 2013
Why it was banned
This book was censored on sexual grounds
it was also banned because of religious factors (she has sex with a priest in the book which in most religions is not allowed.)
considered pornographic and obscene
A lot of controversy came into this book because it does not mention sex, the only way someone could know that Hester had intercourse is the Child Pearl. So they had no true grounds to have banned this book because it never directly indicates to sex it only uses it as a reference.
"In her intercourse with society,however,there was nothing that made her as if she belonged to it ... she was banished at much alone as if she inhabited another sphere" (Hawthorne 76)
why it was controversy?
The use of the word intercourse
The lack of feeling in a society though it is a utopia
Another sphere (another world)- talking about different worlds (against church)
Controversial Quote #2
“A lovely and immortal flower (…) of a guilty pleasure, (…) so had Hester called her; not as a name expressive of her aspect, which had nothing of the calm, white, unimpassioned lustre that would be indicated by the comparison. But she named the infant “Pearl” as being of great price,- purchased with all she had,- her mother’s only treasure! How strange indeed! (Hawthorne 80)
This showed she had no remorse for her sin of adultery
She was placing a child’s name for something of worth where people believed the child shouldn’t have worth because of how she was conceived.
She was explaining how her “guilty pleasure” was worth the sacrifice of her life for this child.
Controversial Quote # 3
“I must tarry at home, and keep watch over my little pearl. Had they taken her from me, I would willingly had gone with thee into the forest, and signed my name in the black man’ book too and that with mine own blood.” (Hawthorne 103)
Brings up controversy because of the mention of the “black man” (Devil)
Involves the signing in own blood (can be represented with the fact of a cult or witchery)
Involves taking a life.
Giving up own self for another.
“We have yet hardly spoken of the infant; the little creature whose life had sprung, by the inscrutable degree of providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank … the beauty becomes everyday more brilliant, and the intelligence that threw its quivering sunshine over the tiny features of this child!” (Hawthorne 80)
In this quote you can see the love of the mother for this child.
Though the child was “born from sin” she believed it should be loved all the same.
You see that she is very kind hearted
There are no sexual references!
Lets Go #2!
“God gave her into my keeping,” repeated Hester Prynne, raising her voice almost to a shriek. “I will not give her up!”—And here, by sudden impulse, she turned to the young clergyman, Mr. Dimmesdale, at whom, up to this moment, she had seemed hardly so much as once to direct her eyes.”
So what should be seen?
Here you see a mother fight for her child
She knows she may loose but she rather die then loose the child she bared
Nobody understands the sacrifice a mother would give for her child and this book is a great portray on what a mother would go through to make sure her child is safe.
You also see the fate of a child and the free will of a mother (to a distinct)
“Children have always a sympathy in the agitations of those connected with them; always, especially, a sense of any trouble or impending revolution, of whatever kind, in domestic circumstances; and therefore Pearl, who was the gem on her mother's unquiet bosom, betrayed, by the very dance of her spirits, the emotions which none could detect in the marble passiveness of Hester's brow”
Though the book is how this family is condemned you see that not everything is harm, this mother yet alone raises her child normally and wisely letting the child know of her mistakes so she understood.
This mother never let her child go a second without love and it was immensely difficult at that time though the love she gave her was pure.
The child understood people were harming her mother and she had utmost sympathy though she was young.
why it shouldn't be banned?
this book shows how far a mother would go for her child. it shows the strength of a woman no matter how condemned she was. It also shows that in the end the truth always comes out and that is a very good lesson everyone should learn.
where is it banned?
It was banned from every public school board in the states
Every catholic church.
This book was absolutely horrible. Not just the story line but every aspect of it. I totally agree that it should be banned its dumb and I'm Catholic so this was a big slap to the face not only that it was one of the worst books ive ever read and considering how many books i've read that's saying something.