She conceals the identity of the person who was her partner in immorality, and he is consumed by the hypocritical mockery of morality that his life becomes.
Her husband, whose identity is also concealed by Hester, devotes his life to the tormenting of the man who stole his wife from him.
Hawthorne uses powerful symbolism, thought provoking prose, and a sincere pen to make this story one of the first true American classics.
Living in Salem in the 1800's was a trial for Hester. In order to see how it ends, I'd recommend checking out this classic book. It's an older, deeper read than many available, and because of that, it may be intimidating for younger or less skilled readers. However, if you persevere, I think you'll enjoy it.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Classics.
Rating(1-5): 4 stars
(The story contains a lot of symbolism, detailed character sketches, and shrewd observations. However, the prose is a bit dense.)
Content (1-10): 6 (The premise of the story is the ramifications of adultery having been committed, so that in itself recommends this novel to an older audience. There is a person who claims to be a witch in the novel, who offers to introduce several characters to "the Black Man," which of course, is definitely not referring to an African American. Fortunately, they all decline, and she is a very minor character. However, this novel is pretty clean as a whole.)
Age Level: 15-Adult
I hope that you enjoy this!