is famous for presenting some of the greatest interpretive difficulties in all of American literature.
While not recognized by Hawthorne himself as his most important work, the novel is regarded not only as his greatest accomplishment, but frequently as the greatest novel in American literary history.
Hawthorne's emotional, psychological drama revolves around Hester Prynne, who is convicted of adultery in colonial Boston by the civil and Puritan authorities.
She is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a permanent sign of her sin.
More than a tale of sin, the Scarlet Letter is also an intense love story that shows itself in the forest scene between Hester and the minister Arthur Dimmesdale.
With plans to run away with each, Arthur and Hester show that their love has surpassed distance and time away from each other.
The Scarlet Letter is a story that illustrates intricate pieces of the Puritan lifestyle.
Centered first on a sin committed by Hester Prynne and her secret lover before the story ever begins, the novel details how sin affects the lives of the people involved.
Demented by his thoughts of revenge and hate, Hawthorne shows Mr.
Chillingworth to be a devil or as a man with an evil nature.