Wrap-Up: The Scarlet Letter

The-Scarlet-Letter-A“Yet one tomb-stone served for both. All around, there were monuments carved with armorial bearings; and on this simple slab of slate—as the curious investigator may still discern, and perplex himself with the purport—there appeared the semblance of an engraved escutcheon. It bore a device, a herald’s wording of which may serve for a motto and brief description of our now concluded legend; so sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point of light gloomier than the shadow:—

I love how that book ends! It’s so sad and beautiful, much like the rest of this wonderful novel. I hope you enjoyed revisiting this book as much as I have enjoyed it! When I read great literature like this, it gives me hope in our jaded, processed society that something so important and amazing has endured for hundreds of years.
Now on to the discussion questions!

Question #1 – What did you think of it?
Question #2 – What do you think Daria would have thought of the piece?
Question #3 – Are there any final, thoughts, themes, questions, etc. that you would like to discuss?

Our next book is going to be a little different for the book club. We will be venturing out of the classics and will be reading our first non-fiction selection, Backlash by Susan Fauldi.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on the novels we are reading or our discussions, you may e-mail us at SickSadBookClub@gmail.com or follow us on twitter @SickSadBookClub


3 thoughts on “Wrap-Up: The Scarlet Letter

  1. Question 1: I forgot how much I enjoyed this book! It’s also amazing what ten years of distance will do for you–I found this to be much less confusing and Dimmesdale to be much more annoying than when I first read it in high school. I remember feeling bad for him when I was a teenager, but now I see him as such a weakling jerk for watching her suffer and never owning up to his own transgressions.

  2. Question 2: I feel like Mr. O’Neil would have fawned over this book in class, and would have been appalled when Daria didn’t express the sympathy for the characters that he did!

  3. Question 3: Did you ever do a psychological reading of this book in school where the different locations represented the id, ego, and superego? I remember that blowing my mind in high school but when I reread it this time it felt like a real stretch of the narrative.

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