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The Scarlet Letter


How do justice and forgiveness work together?

Audience Grade 9; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge I
Accessibility  Some students will require some guidance. Although the book's themes are treated discreetly, parents may wish to follow up with a conversation.
Preparation None required
Ease of use Small print
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Page Count 180
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2015

General Description

Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter boldly asks questions about judgement, society, forgiveness, and freedom. The book begins with Hester Prynne, a woman in a seventeenth century Puritan colony who has committed adultery. From the opening scene where Hester is publicly shamed, the story presents multiple characters who each struggle with sin and guilt in a different way. The characters' responses will prompt discussion about what we choose to do with our freedom.