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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

  

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter Themes

The Scarlet Letter Themes

Revenge

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Revenge is a dish best served cold. (And with a side of fries. But isn't everything best served with a side of fries?) Roger Chillingworth seems to agre...

Women and Femininity

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Hester takes stand by your man seriously—so seriously that she stands by two men, keeping secrets not only for her secret lover but for her wacko husba...

Compassion and Forgiveness

(Click the themes infographic to download.)You hear about an awesome party happening in the Valley. Only problem is, if you go, you know you'll end up being at least half an hour late for your cur...

Sin

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Face it: we've all made mistakes. (Even Shmoop.) But there's a difference between "Oops!... I Did It Again" and "He's a killer just for fun." Or is there...

Hypocrisy

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Everyday, Dimmesdale has to wake up and receive the adulation of his community for being basically a saint on earth. It's exhausting. But seriously, Dimme...

Guilt and Blame

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Blame may be something one person does to another, but it takes a consciousness of wrong doing to feel guilty. And Hester feels plenty guilty. Also guilty...

Justice and Judgment

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Some laws can straddle the religious/secular divide pretty comfortable. Stealing? We're pretty sure God wouldn't want you to do that. Murder? Definitely n...

Isolation

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Puritan society in The Scarlet Letter seems just as judgmental and cruel as any school cafeteria. Make one tiny misstep—spill your food; show up to scho...

The Supernatural

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Lots of crazy things go down in The Scarlet Letter—like eyes that glow red; meteors in the shape of an "A;" and witches who hang out with the Black Man...

Fate and Free Will

(Click the themes infographic to download.)From the minute you wake up, your life is full of choices: get out of bed, or hit the snooze button? Use the cinnamon or the mint flavored toothpaste. Ce...

Man and the Natural World

(Click the themes infographic to download.)In The Scarlet Letter, all the good stuff goes down in the woods. Secret trysts? Head to the wood. Major confessions? Head to the wood. Need to gather som...

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