Talk:The Scarlet Letter

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merge suggestion[edit]

The Effects of Isolation in The Scarlet Letter should be merged into this article. There's alot in TSL that should be in this article, including the stuff on isolation, and all we have right now is a synopsis of the story. --Though Hester is punished for what she's done in front of the public, Arthur Dimesdale is tortured on the inside. I personally believe that he has to take on the much harsher form of punishment. He isn't able to tell anyone about it because he is the priest and he is supposed to be "godly". Spangineer 16:07, Dec 15, 2004 (UTC)

Is it historical?[edit]

Was it usual to treat adulterous women in Boston at the end of the 17th century the way Hester Prynne was treated?

The book suggests that this was considered a comparatively merciful sentence and further suggests that this may be because her husbands long absence and possible death was seen as a mitigating circumstance. If I am allowed to speculate, the fact that she had chosen to bear her shame rather than commit suicide or do an abortion or downright infanticide might also be a mitigating circumstance. If I were a judge I would not sentence such an adulteress to death simply because you would have no deterrent against the much worse crimes of infanticide or suicide if death sentence is compulsory for adulteresses. -Sensemaker

Lead Section[edit]

The article correctly points out that the lead section does not provide a proper summary. Instead it contains a particular person's opinions about the book. What is needed is:

  1. A shorter, objective introduction to the book, its date, author, themes, and place in American literature (max, say, 200 words)
  2. A plot summary

Would any qualified person care to provide these, after which the present lead section could probabky be deleted? (talk) 03:14, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 9 November 2016[edit] (talk) 12:52, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Not done: as you have not requested a change.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 14:26, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Symbolism Section[edit]

Should this be removed? This entire section is fairly subjective and not very encyclopedic. Also the only source used is a link to the barnes and noble store page for the book — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8800:1C80:B540:5C10:A8BF:AD48:D678 (talk) 00:58, 29 July 2018 (UTC)