Imagining Redemption in America: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Event details

  • Thursday | October 8, 2015 to Thursday | October 22, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • Portsmouth Abbey 285 Cory's Ln Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • 401.643.1255

2015-2016 Conversation with the Classics

Fall 2015 Series: The Listless American Soul

CONVERSATION #1
IMAGINING REDEMPTION IN AMERICA:
 THE SCARLET LETTER BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
DATES: OCTOBER 8, 15, 22

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Hawthorne reimagines the Puritan beginnings of America, and by so doing lays out a major problem of the American civil religion—we are scandalized by sin. Hawthorne brings us in contact with our Greek roots—Hester Prynne assumes the role of a sacrificial lamb for the sake of the community.  Her endurance requires that we ask of the Evangelist American: what is the meaning of the rest of our lives after being saved? Hester Prynne is the first American figure of redemption. She is, perhaps, the proper solution to our Calvinistic fears.