For those of you who may regularly read the blog, you know I'm involved in a reading challenge, and the Scarlet Letter is in my “Haven’t Read it Since High School” category. Who really wants to read the Scarlet Letter? After all, your eleventh grade English teacher, Jackie Giorgi, MADE you read it, so it can’t possibly be something that you'd WANT to read, right? Well, I’m here to tell you after reading it 30 years after high school that you just might want to give this one another try if you don’t remember understanding it the first time around.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne is a classic in every sense of the word. It’s not something you can lay back and enjoy on the beach, but it is definitely a story that you can get sucked into after only a few pages. It’s adultery, witchcraft, and the sins of the church all rolled up into a story set in Puritan New England. Hester Prynne is at the center of our story, and you first meet her as she is presented in front of a crowd to stand in disgrace of her sin of having a child out of wedlock. Her ultimate punishment? The wearing of a scarlet A on her clothing to make it clear to all that she is guilty of the sin of adultery. But who is the father and why won’t she reveal his name? Do you remember all the clues from high school? Could you pass your weekly quiz on the content? Give it another try – you just might like it this time.