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The Scarlet Letter Introduction The Scarlet Letter is a traditional tale of sin, punishment, and revenge. It had been written in 1850 from the famous American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. It records the lives of three tragic characters, all of whom suffer greatly because of his or her sins. Shot Plot The narrative begins with Hester Prynne a resident of a small Puritan community, being directed from the town jailhouse to some people scaffold where she has to stand for three hours as punishment for adultery. She has to also wear a scarlet A on her dress for the rest of her life as part of her punishment. As she is led to the scaffold, many of the girls in the crowd complain that her sentence is too lenient and a few even suggest she should be implemented. We understand from the narrator which Hester arrived in the colony almost two years before. She had been sent there before her husband, while he stayed in Amsterdam to finish up some business. Hester never heard learned from him , and it had been assumed that he had died at sea. Due to this, and also the fact that Hester was really beautiful, and thus must have endured great temptation, so the judges decided to be lenient on her sentence. Since Hester is standing on the stage with her illegitimate child, Pearl, in her arms, then she sees her long lost husband in the crowd. Her husband, now known as Chillingworth, asks one of the townspeople why she is up there on the scaffold. The townsperson tells him of Hester's adultery and that the identity of her fan is unknown. Chillingworth vows that he will someday find out the unknown lover's individuality. After Hester is returned into the prison, she is proven to be in a state of nervous frenzy. Th...