On the forehead:
I have learned and read a lot of historical and literary data over the years being married to my wife and I am better for it. One just cannot go wrong learning viable history and literature. It gives me some fantastic material to work with and that is just in the sphere of history. So, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter comes to mind when I think of the letter “A.” This letter could be used for an incalculable amount of words, but we will keep it simple and will not use expletives. You know what word comes to mind…. We will use two simple scenarios here for the letter “A.” The first one is from my childhood – one of the few times when I was encouraged not to be afraid to be in school or to learn something in school. (Yes, education was not a priority while growing up.) The letter “A” represents the first letter of the first 19 words of the list of prepositions. Who would figure so many A’s would be in that list? Needless to say, I remember that teacher and that preposition lesson.
To return to Hawthorne for the second example, we have a woman chastised for adultery, made to wear a large letter “A” for all too see, and put on display for the masses. Now, this most likely would not have been a punishment for a man during late 17th and 18th centuries, but let’s fast forward to the 21st century. That changes things up a bit now, doesn’t it? How many women out there would love to see their significant other treated in a manner similar to Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter?
So, recently, I have come across several Facebook memes with users referencing the letter “A,” and actually wearing the letter “A”…. While skimming through the nonsense, I did wonder whether these individuals had stopped to consider the historic and literary references to the letter “A”…. After all, these memes prompted this blog post, and, more importantly, the significance of stopping to think before acting (or speaking)….
See you in the next post!