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- "The Scarlet Letter is a classic book about a time where society was super conservative and unaccepting of various things based on religious grounds. The things Hester Prynne had to go through are both tragic and heartbreaking due to things I mentioned before which makes The Scarlet Letter one of the best tragic and heartbreaking stories of all time in my opinion."
- "The Scarlet Letter is a classic read that I think everyone should read at least once during school. It is a great book for teachers to assign students to read. Although it may not have been my favorite book I was assigned to read in school, it was good to read and our class had many discussions about it."
- "The Scarlet Letter is a book that is still assigned in high schools and colleges across this great land, and probably around the world. Some people have called it the first psychological novel, and one of the most interesting things about this novel is how much it makes you think about the motivations of the characters. And of course, the themes of sin, punishment, and redemption never get old. Some readers may have a problem getting through Hawthorne's prose. Stick with it, it's worth it to read this great book."
- "It's been several years since I first read The Scarlet Letter and I have to say there's a good reason for that. The American classic is just a slog, nothing especially enjoyable and the characterizations are shallow and poorly developed. Unless you're forced to read this for a class, I'd avoid it."
- "This was one of the tougher books to read in high school, and one of the least enjoyable at the time. Although it was a tough read it is well written and thought-provoking. Hawthorne paints a very detailed picture and gives a glimpse into a community vastly different than what an average person in the modern age would have experience with."
- "I recently had a class in American literature and was tasked with reading the "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Now, I've heard a lot of good things about this book prior to reading it as it is considered an American classic but I wasn't convinced and I felt a little intimidated almost. However, after reading it, I can honestly say that the praise this book gets is well placed and definitely earned. I feel that all Americans owe it to themselves to read this amazing classic. The only problem here is that the language is a bit tricky to get through at times, especially if you don't have a lot of experience with older literature. Even if you have issues with the language, I encourage you to stick with it as you'll really be in for a treat by the end of it."
- "This was one of my first introductions to Hawthorne, an author that I have lionized throughout my life. Unlike many high school students, I loved this book. (I just love everything Hawthorne). But there's no way around it, it has been so influential. The way we stigmatize people, crime, and even messages about the sexuality of women. This book has influenced generations to think about that. And, of course, Hawthorne is known for his insistence that we evaluate our 'Puritan' past, and come to terms with its hypocrisy. "
- "I tend to get scared when reading classic literature. I fear I will not understand the language, what makes the characters, and the subtle undertones that make these books so immortal. The Dover Thrift Study Edition makes everything so easy to understand while still giving the reader a chance to find their own way through the text. The book itself is in the front, but the back holds character descriptions as they come in, chapter (or chapters) summaries and then an analysis of what has happened and what it means in the bigger picture. Whenever I must read a classic my go to is to see if they have it in a Dover Thrift Study Edition. It makes my life so much easier and I also get so much more out of the book than if I had just read it alone."
- "A true classic! I read this book in high school and was somewhat entertained. It wasn't until I went back years later that I truly grasped the quality and brilliance of this novel. Makes me think I need to give other high school reading assignments another try!"
- "The Scarlet Letter is an absolutely fantastic book. Even though it was written in 1850, it still holds up today. It's a story about a woman who gets socially ostracized for going against the norm and brutally psychologically punished for doing so. It helps us to see that treating people differently for something that doesn't involve us is absolutely ridiculous and teaches a good life lesson."
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