The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Oxford University Press - Oxford Bookworms Library, 2012

Level 4, 1400 headwords

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The Scarlet Letter

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Scarlet is the colour of sin, and the letter 'A' stands for 'Adultery'. In the 1600s, in Boston, Massachusetts, love was allowed only between a husband and a wife. A child born outside marriage was a child of sin.
Hester Prynne must wear the scarlet letter on her dress for the rest of her life. How can she ever escape from this public shame? What will happen to her child, growing up in the shadow of the scarlet letter? The future holds no joy for Hester Prynne.
And what will happen to her sinful lover - the father of her child?



Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American short story write and romance novelist, was born in July 4th, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. He is best known for his short stories and two of his most popular novels, The Scarlett Letter and The House of Seven Gables.
He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1824, and shortly after, changed his name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. He married Sophia Peabody in 1842 and enjoyed a happy marriage.
Hawthorne's style of writing is mostly romanticism - to be more specific, dark romanticism - and expresses that sin, guilt and evil are human's most intrinsic characteristics. In his works, he pictures historical romance and religious beliefs of the people of New England.
He died in sleep on May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, when he was on a tour of the White Mountains.
Some of his most notable novels and short stories are The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, Twice-Told Tales, Young Goodman Brown and Tanglewood Tales.

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