Modern Day Scarlet Letters

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite books. If you’ve read it, you know how the story goes and probably you love it, if you haven’t, I’ll tell you what you need to know. 

In a nutshell.

The story is set on 1642, in the Puritan town of Boston. By know you should have figured out this was a very conservative time and town. They tell us the story Hester Prynne, a women who has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet “A” on her dress all the time. The “A” is a symbol of adultery and affair, she must use it as a sign of shame. Furthermore, she must stand on the town plaza for three hours, exposed to public humiliation. Then a bunch of things happen, lost husband appears, she refuses to tell who she had an affair with, she has a problematic daughter, etc. But we don’t need that to understand this post. If you’d like to know more you can find it on Amazon for free.

A few weeks ago I found this image, and I loved it. You need to know what the book is about to understand it, but when you get it, it makes you laugh your heart out. 


The image made me think of what scarlet letter I would have to wear if this kind of punishment was applied today, and I came up with a bunch of them. 

  • T: Drinks tea, cause she hates coffee
  • Y: Not a fan of yogurt ice cream.
  •  I: Never bought an iPhone, iPod or iPad
  • S: Goes to sleep early 
  • C: Hates going to the club on a Friday night

Is there something you should be punished for? Write your scarlet letter on the comments.


3 thoughts on “Modern Day Scarlet Letters

  1. I really enjoyed your approach Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter! I think that though we don’t wear big red letters stitched to our chests, we still carry labels and stereotypes!

    I would love your feedback on my blog if you have the time 🙂


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