The Scarlet Letter

Introducing the story of The Scarlet Letter by: Nathaniel Hawthorne.

about The Scarlet Letter:

The story of The Scarlet Letter is a historical story written by the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850. The story takes place in Boston, in the highly religious and Puritan community of Massachusetts, USA (New England) in the seventeenth century. This story is about a young woman named Hester Prynne who has been forced to wear the stigma or the letter A in red for the rest of her life for committing adultery.

characters :

The main character in the story of The Scarlet Letter is a young woman named Hester Prynne. who commits adultery at first but then her life and character change and she becomes a pure and virtuous woman. Arthur Dimzdale is the famous and trusted priest of the city who commits adultery with Hester.

His fear of the consequences of exposing this fact does not allow him to confess his guilt; But his upset conscience never leaves him. Roger Chillingworth is Hester’s ex-wife. He is a cruel and evil man who thinks of nothing but revenge from the beginning to the end of the story.


Hester Prynne is a young married woman whose husband went on a trip many years ago but never returned, and everyone is convinced that he is dead. The story begins when Hester is in prison for committing adultery with the city’s most important priest, Arthur Dimzdale. Hester Prynne is asked to reveal the name of the adulterer so that the man can be tried.

But Hester is very loyal and brave and refuses to do so. Puritans could even behead the sinner. But no matter of the punishment, Hester Prynne ought to wear a Scarlet Letter – a big letter ‘A’ that meant ‘Adultery’ at his breast.

Hester Prynne proudly accepts this punishment and does not fail under the scandal and humiliation imposed on her by society until he gradually changes society’s view of herself. But Arthur Dimzdale, the city’s famous pastor, is afraid of revealing his relationship with Hester, as it could lead to his scandal or death.

Therefore, he maintains his pure image in the eyes of the people, but he suffers a lot from this sin and disgrace in himself. Meanwhile an old physician came to village and Hester Prynne recognized her husband in him. Hester agreed to keep their secret, and physician swore to find her lover.

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-The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne