Let’s Review: The Scarlet Letter

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

*Late Night TV Announcer* Aaaaand welcome back to the blog, your favorite, Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, I’m back y’all! To celebrate, I have my next edition of AP English III reads, The Scarlet Letter. Granted, I was supposed to write this a long, long time ago, but school (amiright?). Anyways, here we go!!

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BOOK SUMMARY:

We start off with Hester Prynne, a new single mother, being publicly shamed for “cheating” on her “dead” husband and procuring a baby out of the affair. The elders a pressuring her to give up the father’s identity, but she refuses. This causes Hester and her baby, Pearl, to be shunned by society. In the audience of Hester’s shaming is the dead husband, now known as Chillngworth, who wants to find out Hester’s lover’s identity so he can exact revenge. The plot progresses a few years until we find out that the father is Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester’s pastor, who dies from carrying the guilt inside while Hester is forced to carry hers on the outside.

SENTENCE SUMMARY:

Slut shaming is a thing, and it really can mess a person up, y’all.

OPINION:

This was such a messed up book. While it was fun to read and analyze, you couldn’t help but want to throw the book you were reading against the wall (when it came to the male characters) or empathize with Hester. All in all, it was a fun read, and I think it might be a unit many AP English III students might enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you have read this book and what you thought of it!

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