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The Scarlet Letter

Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and
intrigue, all of which would make an excellent coming

attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good

book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making it

long, drawn out, tedious, wearisome, sleep inducing,

insipidly asinine, and the end result is The Scarlet Letter.

Despite all these things it is considered a classic and was

a statement of the era.

The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful and not so

traditional example of the good versus evil theme. What

makes this a unique instance of good versus evil is that

either side could be considered either one. Hester could

very easily have been deduced as evil, or the "bad guy," as

she was by the townspeople. That is, she was convicted of

adultery, a horrible sin of the time, but maybe not even

seen as criminal today. As for punishment, a sentence to

wear a scarlet "A" upon her chest, it would hardly be

considered a burden or extreme sentence in present day. Or

Hester can be seen as rebelling against a society where she

was forced into a loveless marriage and hence she would

be the "good guy," or girl, as the case may be. Also the

townspeople, the magistrates, and Chillingworth, Hester's

true husband, can be seen in both lights. ...

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