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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
08-08-2011, 05:34 PM
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It's basically a character-driven book. Most of the action goes on within the characters' hearts. There's very little dialogue. And the few dialogues that there are sounded most unnatural to me, and that not just because of use of classical pronouns like 'thee' and 'thou.' The book presents interesting psychological studies of characters buried under a sense of guilt. But the sensibilities of the characters and their feelings and conflicts are far removed from the present day feelings and sympathies. So it is a bit hard to relate to them, more so because we hardly hear them speak. And the character of the child, and her words, sounded most unnatural of all.
The writer no doubt possess a great mastery over words. But his presence is too obvious all through the book. And he is too descriptive. I found myself flipping through several pages to reach the story.
The first chapter where the narrator describes how he came across the story is totally avoidable. It presents long characters sketches of people whom we never meet in the story.
Overall, the book has more literary value, I guess, than entertaining

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08-08-2011, 05:57 PM
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RE: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Really nice review, just up to the point clap

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15-08-2011, 05:49 PM
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RE: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thanks Smile

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23-09-2011, 06:27 PM (This post was last modified: 25-09-2011 07:59 PM by avi.)
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RE: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I had a similar reaction as you did when I first started reading the book. But I found that after supplementing my own reading of The Scarlet Letter with Shmoop’s explanation of it changed the way I felt about it. Once I understood that the themes explored in the book coincide with the world today- lust morality, society, class, notions of patriarchy- I could relate to it more. Also, the book just seemed so much accessible once I was armed with an understanding of the metaphors and other literary devices employed.
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24-09-2011, 12:03 AM
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RE: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hmm, yeah, I can imagine. A better understanding makes for easier appreciation Smile

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