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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter


by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Current Events & Pop Culture

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching The Scarlet Letter Teacher Pass

Teaching The Scarlet Letter Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Current Events & Pop Culture

Hester Prynne "In Character"

In March, 2008, NPR's series "In Character" featured, you guessed it, "Hester Prynne: Sinner, Victim, Object, Winner." The piece includes analysis by literary critics and Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike, who confesses why a particular passage describing Prynne's hair always makes him cry. Listen to the podcast and/or read the transcript here.