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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Review of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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      i liked the culture of the people in this novel ,though it was a bit cruel but at least it would encourage people to have some morals like the symbol of the scarlet letter.  big thanks to the author.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was reviewed by sammie

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      This book has very deep, sometimes confusing metaphoric gestures that, when understood, make you really appreciate what it all means.

       Hard to read, but once you fall into the mindset, it is all truly worth-while

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was reviewed by Chris

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      As i am not a professional by any means, it would be supercilious of me to criticize hawthorne's work.  it is undeniably one of the most famous american novels, and it deserves to be so -- it is a cornerstone for all american literature.  but, after reading this book and analyzing it for a high-school level english class, this book struck me as not so much a piece of artwork as it was an experiment, i.e. an experiment with symbolism.

       There are many symbols in this book, and it's hard to say they were not overtly explicit.  red is the color most people associate this book with; in fact, it's in the title itself.  although i may be wrong, i'll say this:  while coming up with all of these symbols and weaving them in and out of the scarlet letter's plot, i don't believe hawthorne gave himself enough leeway to think about the actual story he would be writing.  it seems the symbols are what give the piece its quality.

       The scarlet letter is a beautifully-written novel.  the symbolism is, i can judge without a doubt, well thought-out.  but -- if i am qualified to say this -- i believe the novel is more stylistically-driven than plot-driven.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was reviewed by ginny s

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      A literary marvel for sure, this peice of art as I imagine it is the Mona Lisa of books. Its beauty is misunderstood and misinterpreted much like the fine hair net and simple elegance of the Mona Lisa. You find yourself lost at first, in a language long dead and burried by years of war and evolution; extremely difficult to read, and even more so to finish. The intracacies and symbolic figures within this novel are for study and admiration, but not for enjoyment. This novel is a pain to read, but a triumph to complete. If you can truely respect great literature this book is for you, but if you are looking for a good read, turn away now. The Scarlet Letter although magnificent and elegant is a strange and confusing maze of large words and deeper meaning. NOT for the unexperienced reader.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was reviewed by Matt

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