What is The Scarlet Letter?

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The Scarlet Letter is a famous work of fiction published in 1850, and written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you are asking what the phrase "scarlet letter" means, it refers to the letter A for "adultery" which was worn for punishment by the woman who had committed that sin. The story takes place in an era when religion dominated the culture, and breaking one of the Commandments could cause you to be publicly shamed.
It is both the title of a book and a punishment for crime that was used in the period that the book is set in. The main character of the book has been punished for a crime in that way. The punishment consisted of using a hot branding iron to brand the person's forehead with a letter identifying their crime. The burn scar from this branding when it healed turned bright red, thus the person wore a Scarlet Letter on their forehead for the rest of their life identifying them as a criminal and what their crime was.
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In the Scarlet Letter how long did Hester wear The Scarlet Letter?

Hester actually wears the Scarlet Letter from the day she is put on the scaffold until she possibly goes to Europe and takes it off, then she comes back alone and returns to h

What is 'The Scarlet Letter'?

The Scarlet Letter is a classic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. It is about a woman who commits adultery and becomes pregnant. The story tells of the problems s

What is a scarlet letter?

In Puritan theocracies, anyone who committed adultery was condemned to wear a scarlet letter "A" on them for the rest of their lives. This ridiculed them by letting everyone k

In The Scarlet Letter Why did Hester have to wear The Scarlet Letter?

In the Scarlet Letter, Hester was forced to wear the red letter A indicating "adultery" (which in the strictly religious community was a sin and therefore nominally a crime).

How are the Scarlet Letter and Pearl alike in the scarlet letter?

In The Scarlet Letter , both the embroidered scarlet letter "A" and Pearl are symbols of Hester Prynne's sin of adultery. Whereas the scarlet letter is society's way of conde