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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Thrift Study Edition edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486475697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486475691
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terri Lynne on February 14, 2013
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I tend to get scared when reading classic literature. I fear I will not understand the language, what makes the characters, and the subtle undertones that make these books so immortal.
The Dover Thrift Study Edition makes everything so easy to understand while still giving the reader a chance to find their own way through the text.
The book itself is in the front, but the back holds character descriptions as they come in, chapter (or chapters) summaries and then an analysis of what has happened and what it means in the bigger picture.
Whenever I must read a classic my go to is to see if they have it in a Dover Thrift Study Edition. It makes my life so much easier and I also get so much more out of the book than if I had just read it alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Hattan on March 18, 2012
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It's the book, proper text end everything. Maybe a little flimsy but I was not particularly bothered by it. The notes in the back are thorough and informative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson T. Davis on August 27, 2011
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The book arrived on time and in good shape. It is for a student next door to use in a literature class.
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By Leonard Seet on May 3, 2014
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The Scarlet Letter depicts the dynamics of guilt and shame in seventeenth century Massachusetts Bay Colony's Puritan society, but we may find similar forces in communities where established social norms direct members' behavior.

Hester Prynne has to wear the scarlet letter "A," a symbol of shame, for committing adultery. The town fathers seek to enforce the Puritanical code through shame and alienation from the community. But grounded in her identity, Hester stands tall and calm on the scaffold and refuses to acknowledge the power of the town fathers or of the social nrom. Throughout the novel, we see her directing her destiny: helping the sick and the poor, seeking to leave Boston with her lover, returning from Europe wearing the scarlet letter, not as a symbol of shame but one of defiance.

On the other hand, her lover, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale, avoids shame, because Hester refuses to name him, but guilt torments him so much that his health deteriorates. His guilt may have come from having an affair with Hester, though her husband is presumed dead, or from allowing her to suffer alone. Whatever the reason, the same power that Hester refuses to acknowledge crushes and ultimately destroys him. So, while Hester embodies shame without guilt, Arthur does guilt without shame. He has internalized the Puritanical system such that internal punishments may exceed any external ones.

The contrast between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale is an interesting study in human character. While some in society respond more to external punishments, other avoid transgressions for fear of internal ones.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony, like other communities, uses both external and internal forces to direct behaviors.
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We parents either did not read this in High School or have forgotten much of it. Having the study guide was helpful.
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