My Thought on the Scralet Letter

Tragic Lovers, Tragic Love
    --Book Report of The Scarlet Letter
    It seems to be generally agreed that girls’ preferences are different from boys’. Or at least, it applies to most boys and girls. So the book I choose for the second book report is still a little bit girlish to some extent – The Scarlet Letter. It’s about a tragic love story of a woman in New England in the 17th century.
    The author of the book, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was an American novelist who had made a great contribution to the Romantic Movement and, more specifically, Dark Romanticism. In addition, he was also an elite psychologist. These two identities made his novels and tales a kind of penetrating explorations of moral and spiritual conflicts. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity. Nathaniel Hawthorne was greatly influenced by Puritanism, Transcendentalism and Mysticism, which could be traced in his works, especially in The Scarlet Letter. Before getting married, he worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community. (He introduced his experience during this period of time at length in the preface of the book.) After getting married, in order to earn a livelihood, Hawthorne served as surveyor of the port at Salem. It is in that place that he began writing his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter.
    While not recognized by Hawthorne himself as his most important work, the novel was regarded not only as his greatest accomplishment, but also frequently as the greatest novel in American literary history. After published in 1850, the novel quickly became a best seller, and it was called “a treatment of the effects of sin on the human spirit” by the public. Since I was very curious about the novel related to psychology, and I also hoped to draw some clues about what made this novel so successful. So I read it chapter by chapter for several weeks. And the answer is that, the book didn’t let me done.
    The story took place in 17th...