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Homework Help: the scarlet letter genre

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 10:34am.

what kind of story, or genre, is the scarlet letter classified as?

a. romantic comedy
b. psychological romance
c. action/adventure
d. satire

It's B right?

I agree with you totally.

I would have preferred historical romance, if the choice was offered. Historical fiction would be really my first choice, but Hawthorne himself called it a romance story (not a romance novel). But it is not romance in the love sense, it is romantic in the sense that it uses symbols for things in reality.
Romantic comedy is ridiculous, as is satire, and action/adventure. So that leaves the choice B. This really should have been a short essay question.

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