The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne who was a well-known American author wrote The Scarlet Letter in 1850. Nathaniel Hawthorne was from Salem, Massachusetts and when he wanted to write short stories. He was troubled by unhappiness because he wasn't having any success in writing. He then had some success, but then he died a very depressed man. The Scarlet Letter is a novel that greatly reflects the beliefs of the Puritans during his time period. This novel is a classic that hasn't changed much through time and is not really outdated.

The setting of the novel took place in the Puritan period, which is from 1620-1750. It took place in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The setting of the book is important because of the puritan beliefs, which was where the scarlet letter comes from. The novel was written in the 3rd person as well. The setting does play a small part in making this book a classic novel.

The novel contains only a couple main characters that are well developed. The main character in the book is Hester Prin. She is the one who wears the scarlet letter A because she committed the crime of adultery. Hester is attractive and has a good personality. Hester has a child who is the product of her sin and Hester won't tell who the father is. The next character is Pearl and she is Hester's daughter. Pearl is not a well-developed character and could be considered controversial.

Another character is Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale is a young man and is the town's minister. Dimmesdale has a good personality and plays a very important role in how the book turns out at the end. The last major character is Roger Chillingworth. He is Hester's legal husband and Hester assumed he was dead because...