Teen Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This novel is about a woman and her child and the difficulties she goes through. She has committed a sin that in her society is very grave. Due to her sin of adultery, she is an outsider, is treated as such, and has put her lover’s life in danger. Though she is disrespected and is full of sadness as time progresses and her child grows, her love for her paramour does not dimish. As time progresses she gains hope as she sees a way to be happy with her lover. Plans are made but never fulfilled. This story if full of symbolism and has deeper messages than what is just printed.

I personally enjoyed it. It is a bit of a difficult read because of the Old English so it may be best to read it slowly to fully understand it. The love story is very beautiful and emotional. I teared up at some parts which seem very unusual since it is “only a book”. It is a great way to expand one’s vocabulary.  I was constantly searching up words which annoyed me. Right now I am actually thankful though because I was able to learn new words. If you think about what you read so many ideas and realizations come with this book! Overall, great book.

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Rosaamelia-11th grade

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