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The Scarlet Letter: A Past That Haunts

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of the most popular novels in American literature. Hawthorne is wordy, but his lengthy descriptions help construct the key symbolic additions to his plot and characters.

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Doctor Thorne: Illegitimacy and Marriage

MAY / JUNE 2016: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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When Emma Woodhouse tries to secure a higher-born match for Harriet Smith than a local man, Mr. Knightley scoffs, “[Is it] a degradation for illegitimacy to marry a respected, intelligent farmer?”

Emma has higher ambitions for Harriet. Local parson Mr. Elton makes overtures to Emma of a “distasteful nature,” and she snubs him. He is lower class. In her mind, Harriet is not beneath him. Mr. Elton disagrees; Harriet is illegitimate. Continue reading

A View on Sin: The Scarlet Letter

JULY / AUG  2014: BY HANNAH PRICE

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Sin is a heavy-handed word, bearing the load of all sorts of wrongdoing and evil connotations. A sin can be seen as the smallest mistake in human eyes, or the most horrendous travesty ever done.

The word has a negative and impacting ring to it, because it’s a word of great significant proportions. It’s the reason for all the unhappiness, evil and tragedy in the world, the reason for God having to send His only Son into the world to die for us, why we need forgiveness, and the reason for man’s ultimate downfall, from the Garden of Eden to the end of the world as we know it. You see, sin isn’t  just a word Christians use in place of the world’s preferred uses of “mistake,” “mishap,” or “misstep.” These words do more than just dumb down the meaning of sin, they also make it seem that it is something we can correct on our own. Continue reading

Who Wore the Scarlet Letter?

SEPT / OCT 2013: BY LINDY ABBOTT

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Adultery is a sin that spreads its roots into many lives. If a pastor commits adultery he brings this sin upon the community at-large, himself, the woman, a child (if formed), the families, the church and God. In a pastor, one hopes she can trust her soul to be cared for as a shepherd tends his flock, to find a man who is responsible, gentle, fatherly, protective and providing. Young Hester Pyrnne (married to an elderly man but alone in a small early American community) is drawn to the Oxford-trained minister, Rev. Dimmesdale… a flaming hypocrite! Continue reading