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The Scarlet Letter: Movie Version

The Scarlet Letter: Movie Version
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Study Guide compares the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne to the movie The Scarlet Letter (1995) starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. Screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. Directed by Roland Joffe. The Demi Moore/Gary Oldman movie is the most accessible version of the book via DVD or streaming. The basic story doesn’t start for 50 minutes into the film. Hang on! There are some wild plot inventions that aren’t in the book, but the main characters and plot are fairly accurate.

THE MOVIE VERSION OF THE SCARLET LETTER
IS NOT LIKE THE BOOK by Nathaniel Hawthorne

RECOMMENDED MOVIE: The Scarlet Letter (1995) starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. Screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. Directed by Roland Joffe. The Demi Moore/Gary Oldman movie is the most accessible version of the book via DVD or streaming. The basic story doesn’t start for 50 minutes into the film. Hang on! There are some wild plot inventions that aren’t in the book, but the main characters and plot are fairly accurate.

WHAT’S IN THE BOOK THAT’S NOT IN THE MOVIE?
The rose bush, the glove, Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart, Hester’s work as a seamstress and caretaker of the sick, the meteor shower and A in the sky, Dimmesdale’s whipping himself, Hester and Dimmsdale’s plan to sail to England, Dimmesdale’s death . . .

WHAT’S IN THE MOVIE THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK?
The Indian funeral ceremony, the red bird, Hester’s bathtub, Dimmesdale’s naked swim, Mituba, Major Dunsmuir, Johnny Sassamon, Reverend Stonehall and his wife and daughters, Dimmesdale’s translation of the Bible, meetings of women at Mistress Hibbins’ home, the arrest of Mistress Hibbins, Puritan attack on Indians, Indian rescue of prisoners, Chillingworth’s murder of Major Dunsmuir, Chillingworth’s tombstone, Pearl’s red spot that indicates she’s a witch, the drummer, Dimmesdale’s confession that he is Pearl’s father . . .

WHAT’S THE SAME?
The scarlet letter that Hester wears, Chillingworth’s presence while Hester is on the scaffold, Chillingworth’s capture and stay with Indians, Hester’s condemnation by the community, Dimmesdale’s guilt and self injury, Pearl’s red dress, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl on the scaffold and in the woods by the brook . . .

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