The Scarlet Letter
A plot summary of Hawthorne’s novel and its place in American literature.
`The Romantic Movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmesdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the populace. Do Hester and Dimmesdale truly love each other? Hester does indeed love Dimmesdale, but the love is not returned by the preacher. It is obvious from the beginning that Hester loves Dimmesdale. When she is being grilled for the identity of the father of her child in front of the entire village, she cares for him enough to refuse to reveal his identity. When offered the chance to remove the scarlet letter `A` if she will but speak his name and repent, she stands up to the crowd and refuses to give in to its pressure.`