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  • The Scarlet Letter

    1 posts, 1 voices, 620 views, started Sep 7, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2008 by Feathermaye


    • Carnelian

      It’s been approximately 22 years since I read this book, when I was a sophomore in high school. I took Honors English, and I remember this being a major semester project. Getting to the root of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s motivations and allusions was no easy feat, even for well-read 16 year olds.

      The funniest part of the memory of this book is that my 10th grade teacher, Ms. Aldridge, would get my name mixed up in the midst of class discussions. Instead of calling me by name (Heather), she called me Hester. As in Hester Prynne, the adulteress sentenced to wear the fabled Scarlet Letter.

      By the end of the term it was a big joke in class and everyone was calling me Hester. When we acted out scenes, guess who was the star of the show? Yep, yours truly.

      Now, nearly 2 1/2 decades later, I’m finding a new level of enjoyment in this story. I’ve learned a lot about writing, literature and history in general, which has led to a better understanding of some of the underlying currents and political statements that I was oblivious to as a kid.

      As luck would have it, when I found this copy of The Scarlet Letter at my local library book sale, I also found a character study of Hester Prynne. I’m REALLY looking forward to tearing into that one when I finish my re-read.

      I’m curious if anyone else has re-discovered some of the classics we were ‘forced’ to read as kids, and if you appreciate them more or less than you did way back then.


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