[Open Thread] Scarlet Letter – Literary Classics

This post doesn’t  belong here!! But anyway its my only blog so its gonna just go here (:

I am currently reading “The Scarlet Letter”as part of Literature in school and there are so many things I notice in it about the time, setting and also how skillfully the writer (Nathaniel Hawthorne) brings everything about the novel together its beautiful actually!!!

I’m on Chapter 6 right now (Pearl) and its such a well-done novel I almost cried a few times at the towns people s treatment of Hester Prynne, how they judged her like they knew what was in her heart ; they knew nothing of what she was carrying in her heart, her troubles, her pain…NOTHING!!! Yet they passed judgement on her without taking that into account.

You guys know the story, right? Well if you don’t it’s about a young woman (single) of course in the Puritan times who has a child out-of-wedlock which means she has committed adultery if the Father of her child has not stepped up to the plate and as a result of her child being born to her (a woman with no husband) she is sentenced to wear a Scarlet Letter on her chest forever!!! Which to me is cruel they should have seen she was protecting the man as well as his family (if he had one!) we later find out he doesn’t though ^^

Official Synopsis (from the back of my book) : In the market-place, Hester Prynne stands on the scaffold, sentenced to wear a scarlet “A” for the rest of her life. Refusing to reveal the identity of her baby’s father, she is shunned by the townspeople and is destined to live a solitary life on the edge of town with her daughter Pearl. Then a physician arrives in town carrying a secret that will ravage the lives of those closest to him, including his newest patient, the towns beloved minister. 

Haven’t yet got all the information of the book but it’s so interesting the climax I’m certain will be just as well written as everything else! ITS A CLASSIC…absolutely love reading literary classics like this (: the part I hate is writing Character Sketches ㅋㅋㅋ

PS : My favourite character now is Hester Prynne and Pearl (Hester’s daughter) like Pearl because she is another symbol in the book that Hawthorne uses, even her name.

Even though this post was a whole load of “not relevent” have any of you guys read the Scarlet Letter before? If you did, did you enjoy it? What other Literary classics have you read and enjoyed? Would love to know ^^ leave a comment! :)

Just talk about whatever you want in comments (:


[Discussion] Why did you decide to learn Korean?

Today I just thought of writing down all the reasons why I am learning Korean :) what triggered it and why I still keep up with it no matter what!

Let me tell you my reasons :)

First of all my little Korean “love affair” started a long time ago way before I started to learn the language we’ve essentially been together a long time and I actually believe that we will be together forever If I have my way :D

  • First time I was exposed to anything Korean was in 2007 when I watched a Korean drama called “Sad Sonata” with Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Hee Sun and I fell in love with it but back then it was the only K-drama I knew and the only one I even watched to watch so put simply I was completely obsessed with “Sad Sonata”  and for the next 3 years I obsessed over the same drama because the next drama I watched was “Coffee Prince” and honestly I didn’t enjoy it very much I will try it again this year when I have time but then I hated it ^^ sorry to the fans out there..!!! but it’s ironic because now I LOVE Yoon Eun-hye and would watch anything with her in it (including Coffee Prince)
  • My trigger : I think my trigger to learn Korean was when I watched “Boy’s Over Flowers” with Lee Min-ho (I’m not as biased to Lee Min-ho as I am to Kim Hyun Joong) and Kim Hyun-joong (who has till this day remained the only Korean idol I truly love when it comes to his music and personality and just everything….I won’t get all fangirly but truly he is amazing)  which is why this time it wasn’t just the drama that I loved it was “everything” I loved, and instantly I wanted to watch more drama’s!!! and learn the beautiful culture and ...more about Kim Hyun Joong 
  • After I started to watch more drama’s I decided I wanted to understand them and be able to watch the drama with my eyes shut and not need silly subtitles for everything and I wanted to understand even the jokes that are sometimes totally missed when you read the ‘strange’ English translations.

Then after all that now I wanted to learn Korean and so I did start to learn in 2010 but after a few little mishaps I kinda stopped for a bit in 2011 :) but by mid 2011 I was back on my feet again and ready to give it my all, since then I have gone a little bit ‘slow’ in my studies which is a reason for the blog :D and now I make sure I study every single day and I can see the benefits I understand more and I just LOVE it ^^

I have so many more reasons but I will tell on another post :)

What made you study Korean?

Leave your opinions I would love to hear more stories :)