Our assigned book for English is The Scarlet Letter. It’s a romantic fiction book, apparently. I see no romance, just revenge, deceit, and loads of symbolism. It would be a juicy story, had Hawthorne not spent his time writing multiple pages about a plot of grass. Only until I came upon page 115 could I remotely begin to pay attention to the story.
I find the assignments for the book difficult as well, party because there are so many ways to interpret a question and too many explanations to get down on paper without having to write a book myself. Anything in the book, anything at all, could symbolize an entire theme within the book. I might read The Scarlet Letter one hundred times and still come up with a different answer to a simple question.
What does the scarlet “A” represent? Well, adultery, duh. It also represents the shame Hester feels, the noticeability of her sin, the strict morals of the Puritans and, a dozen other things. A friend once nicknamed Hawthorne as “the writer from Hell”. Reading this book, that description seems spot on.