Essay Example on The Scarlet Letter Movie Summary
To begin with, Demi Moore plays Hester Prynne; Robert Duvall plays Roger Chillingworth; and Gary Oldman plays Reverend. Arthur Dimmesdale. If he or she wants answers to questions he or she has after reading the novel, then this movie answers those questions.Sacvan Bercovitch states, “the movie is a contemporary reader’s fantasy about everything he or she wanted to know about the Scarlet Letter, but was afraid to ask in class.Anyone reading the novel has to come to terms with extra-textual speculations, and this film sets out to provide a context appropriate to our times. In other words, what I called extra-textual explanation is a commentary on our culture” (p. 1). The movie has plenty of action. There are scenes of sex and violence: carnage, domestic violence, a homicide, explicit bodily torment, deliberate physical or psychological injury, a scalping, a suicide, an attempted sexual assault, several more in depth love-scenes, a lengthy bathing scene. These kinds of actions are what most movie-goers want to see in a movie.