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Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem and Concord late 1840s The Scarlet Letter was a daring and even subversive book It was published in 1850 in Massachusetts by Ticknor Reed and Fields The story tells of the forbidden love affairs which happens between a sensitive religious young priest the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and the passionate beautiful young lady Hester Prynne To start the story the author doubtless startles us by his unique design Dimmesdale stands by in silence as Hester suffers for the sin he helped to commit on the scaffold Hesters husband Chillingworth who failed to join her in Boston happens to witness such shameful situation his wife was accused of sin of adultery and sentenced to wear the dress in which the scarlet letter embroidered Thus he decides to hide his true identity and find out who is the accomplice of his wife Though Dimmesdales conscience plagues him and affects his health he chooses not to expose their secret to the public because of his honorable identity Day by day them three all suffer a lot from this scarlet letter The climactic scene deliberately designed by the author occurs at the end of the book Here the characters secrets are publicly exposed and their fates sealed Dimmesdale Hester and Chillingworth not only acknowledge their secrets to themselves and to each other On the other hand the writer gives us an ambiguous end What on earth are Hesters and Pearls lives like after the deaths of the priest and doctor is a question leaving a huge space for the readers to employ their imagination Many of Hawthornes stories are set in Puritan New England and this greatest novel The Scarlet Letter has become the classic portrayal of Puritan America Set in Boston around 1650 during early Puritan colonization the novel highlights the obsession with morality guilt and confession and has even questioned the sexual repression due to the religion in that time Though the
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