This is the 2nd book from the 6 books I bought using the Baucar 1 Malaysia. Written in 1850, this novel is catapulted as the ‘masterpiece’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is a tale of contradiction – how a seemingly pious facade could bear a dark sin, within. A reflection of reality, I can promise.
My book. Quite tattered since I have been carrying it to and fro. Haha!
Now I have to say that I was quite “bedazzled” with the usage of Old English – repetition of “thee”, “thy” and “thou” sometimes make me suffocated! Haha! I have to say that most of the times, I was quite lost with what Hawthorne trying to convey. Eventually, I resort to ‘seek guidance’ from Wikipedia. Now by reading the synopsis I finally got the gist of the sequences and understood what Hawthorne was trying to illustrate.
Demi Moore in the 1995 screen adaptation of the novel. Can you see the scarlet letter “A” emblazoned on the bosom part of the dress?
His writing style was very poetic. In a sense that too much “flowery language” and very elaborating on the psychological perspective of the characters. Sometimes, a page or two were dedicated merely to reflect these “inside monologues” and could be quite soporific!
Gary Oldman as Reverend Dimmesdale? Why, that sure makes any Hester Prynne willingly throwing themselves into his arms! LMAO!
Nevertheless, I like the idea that a seemingly pious man is no angel. This perception is represented in the form of Reverend Dimmesdale. He was a respected figure in the Puritan Boston community and was pointed as one of those who were to interrogate Hester Prynne, a woman who bear a child out of wedlock, hence committing adultery. For 7 years Prynne remained silent towards the identity of the father and that fumed her ex-husband, Chillingworth who vowed to find the identity of the patriarch. In the end, it was revealed that Reverend Dimmesdale was the father of Hester’s daughter.
An artist image. Apparently after the death of Dimmesdale, a letter suddenly appeared to be etched on his skin. It was possibly a stigmata. For those who do not know the meaning of stigmata, you guys can check it here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata). I learned this when I was in secondary school when I saw “Cinema, Cinema, Cinema” featured a movie by the name Stigmata starring Patricia Arquette.
Like I said, this novel mainly dwell on the emotional perspective of the characters. The most evoking insights of a character in this novel would probably be the ones reflected by Dimmesdale. Being a man of religion, he was all about God and Piety; he preached and gave spiritual sermons to the community AND YET he committed a dark sin! For 7 years he suppressed that guilt and Hester loyally kept the secret as well. On page 108, it was written about Dimmesdale :-
“The minister well knew- subtle, but remorseful hypocrite that he was! – the light in which his vague confession would be viewed. He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal of a guilty conscience, but he had gained only one other sin, and a self-acknowledged shame, without the momentary relief of being self-deceived. He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the variest falsehood.”
Now, I have to say that this is a reflection of the real world. I have met quite a few seemingly pious people but my, when they were tempted on the right time, you never know the sexual lions hidden beyond that holy facades. All the experiences can be linked to the character of Reverend Dimmesdale, for sure.
I bumped into this image. Probably done by some literature students who are reading and discussing about this novel. These are the traits of the character; Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne’s ex-husband.
On whole, I am glad I have already read one of “America’s literary landmarks” which spawned into many silver screen adaptations (I remember watching “Cinema, Cinema, Cinema” in 1996 and saw the movie adaptation starring Demi Moore reigning the box office charts. How time flies!) and Broadway performances. Nevertheless, I have to say that it was all quite hazy and dizzy trying to decipher the sequences in the novel; for sure!