Internal Conflict and the Scarlet Letter

Porter, Lindsey
September 2010
Kentucky English Bulletin;Fall2010, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p37
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of the book "The Scarlet Letter," by Nathaniel Hawthorne is presented. It illustrates the inner battle that everyone carries within themselves. It notes that the author manages to capture the strength of the main protagonist in the book, Hester Prynne, while she faces social detachment from the community. It shows the immense guilt that Hester feels for her sin and how she lives in martyrdom because of it. It also concludes that the book was able to show the conflict of emotion particularly felt by women at that time period.


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