My son is reading this book for a homeschool class.
I read this when I was in school just like I read “Of Mice and Men” and “Brave New World”. Yet these common reading books often pose an issue for readers.
The Scarlet letter almost seems anti-Christian. Now I understand the issue of the harshness of the Puritan society but "did she not commit adultery? Because she married an older man and then commit adultery with a young man, does that justify their actions?
In death both are buried with their names on the same tombstone; it almost makes it seem like a love story that has been thwarted?
Granted it shows the torment of not telling the truth. It doesn’t say Dimmesdale is feeling guilty about the adultery but more about the fact that Dimmesdale isn’t honest. Chillingworth(even his name) is a mean old husband but wasn’t this an honest marriage and would his wife not be held to chastity? Why is this a good book aside from the fact that it is well-written and shows how people deal with guilt?