Sinopsis de THE SCARLET LETTER
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet «A» on her clothing.
She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt.
Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Salem, Massachusetts, 1804- Plymount, New Hampshire, 1864) es considerado uno de los pilares de la literatura norteamericana. Entre sus obras destacan Historias dos veces contadas (1837) y las novelas La letra escarlata (1850) y La casa de los siete anillos (1851), entre otras. Publicó también numerosas antologías de cuentos entre los que cabe destacar Wakefield.
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