A horrific torture device devised by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Since then, English teachers across America have been using it to mentally maim their students, as this book can cause brain anuerisms and seizures within five minutes of reading. The only *human being* that has ever finished the book without damaging himself is Chuck Norris.
In Guantanamo Bay, the interrogators utilize the Scarlet Letter as a highly effective extraction tool.
by Doctor Gem December 9, 2008
A horrible book written by American author Nathaninel Hawthorne. One is forced to ask, why is this book considered in any way, shape or form, a good book, especially when one considers that at the same time, geniuses such as Fyodor Dostievsky were writing their works. Even in American literature of the time one can take such examples as Thoreau and Emerson and wonder, why on earth is this book considered good?
One of the worst books ever is the definition of THe Scarlet Letter
by aneurysm December 1, 2009
An amazing novel of ideas that endures as a masterpiece of American literature, but one that is, apparently, pretty hard for some of us to understand or appreciate.
So I heard you're reading the Scarlet Letter for school? What do you think of Hawthorne's use of symbolism to expose the deficiencies of several 17th-century schools of thought?

LOLZ the scarrlet leterr iz so gai
by buwers December 1, 2010
The reason why the national high school drop out rate is so high. The book borders on the topics of guilt, religion, and fucking. Most English teachers percieve this book to be a literary treasure chest, hence why the English department is usually targeted first when students go on homicidal rampages.
Teacher: I love the Scarlet Letter, yet I hate you so I'd like you to write an essay explaining the main theme of the sto-...

Student: Uh, ma'm?

Teacher: Yes miste-...

Student: Blow me.

by william s. l. August 16, 2006
A visible symbol of something you have done wrong and regretted, or a stigma of a past mistake you made that follows you.
The Puritans required adulterers to wear a scarlet letter, the letter "A" (with a scarlet red color) on a necklace as a penance for their wrongdoing.
by jakk765 November 14, 2013
Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet.
- Taylor Swift, Love Story
by x1n December 19, 2010
Most... boring... book... ever, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I guarantee you, you won't be able to stay interested long enough to read just five sentences of this piece of shit. It's nothing but paragraphs that are one page long, talking about a bunch of crap that you can't understand, which leaves you thinking "ok.. now where the hell is all the fun stuff?"
"In fact, this scaffold constituted a portion of a penal machine, which now, for two or three generations past, has been merely historical and traditionary among us, but was held, in the old time, to be as effectual an agent in the promotion of good citizenship, as ever was the guillotine among the terrorists of France." - Passage from The Scarlet Letter.

Seriously.. does that sound interesting to you?
by SomeBadJoke October 7, 2006