the scarlet letter

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Name :Phuong Dong Le

Instructor : Mrs.Priour

Date : 10/7/2014



Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne was the son of a sea captain. When he was just four years old, Hawthorne's father died, and his mother became a recluse. Hawthorne's name was originally spelled "Hathorne," but he decided to add the ''w. Later, they moved to Maine, and Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College. He became friends with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce. In 1825, Hawthorne began writing, but he ended up burning his first short-story collection after it was rejected by publishers. Hawthorne wrote several novels and short stories, the most famous being The Scarlet Letter. He was still writing other stories until his death in May of 1864.

The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered to be his greatest work.

In a Puritan settlement in Boston in the mid 1600's, a woman named Hester Prynne committed adultery and had a child. The townspeople are outraged and they make her wear a scarlet "A" on her clothes for everyone to see. It is supposed to be a mark of shame, but since Hester is a master at needlework, she makes her "A" beautiful. Her husband, who was going to follow her after he had settled some affairs, sent her to Boston, but at least two years passed and he had still not shown up. While Hester is receiving some of her punishment by standing on a scaffold, she spots her husband in the crowd. They later speak while she is in the jail, and he reveals that he...