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Scarlet Letter (1850) | Written by: Nathaniel Hawthorne | Published by: Bantam Classics
The Scarlet Letter:
The Original Tramp Stamp?
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Sup yo? Today we on our A-game breakin down The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
When word hit da streets dat Hester Prynne been sleepin ‘round and got knocked up, dem tight-ass 17th century Puritains hatin’ so hard they make her rock a red A on her threadz to label her a skank. But no matta’ what, girl ain’t snitchin on her baby-daddy. Turns out, it’s da local preacher man Dimmsdale, and afta a bunch of bitching and moaning, he finally grows a pair, and fesses up to slippin Hester the D. Then he dies like a bitch.
Dis here prolly da most famous book bout slut shaming there is, and dat
red A is pretty much classic lit’s original tramp stamp.
At da beginning, dat “A” jus’ stand fo’ “adultery,”- but as time go on,
it changes. When Hester start doin legit deeds for otha’ folk, homies start thinkin dat “A” mean “Able”- and later some say it mean “Angel.” Shit, dis A got so many meanings, some scholars think it stand fo’ ”ambiguity.”
Maybe dats Hawthrone’s way of throwin shade at a society dat sees errything in black and white. Maybe brutha wants us to remember that things change, and people do too. Jus’ cuz somebody bones up once don’t mean they a bad person foreva, and any society dat wanna rep da bible best learn to forgive.
Look- we all fu** up erry once in a
while. And anybody who say they don’t is da real trick. You feel me? Catch y’all later. Deuces!