Historically speaking, whenever The Scarlet Letter has been banned or challenged, the objections have come from all directions. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s name may be inextricably linked with the Puritans, but he clearly had a complicated relationship with his subject matter. He’s renowned for his deep symbolism, psychological insight, and the “mystical blackness” that pervades his work. So, The Scarlet Letter is about much more than a misbehaving minister.
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