On the surface, “Easy A” is a comedy about the reality of the high school rumor mill. However, the film has several deeper themes drawn from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, including sin and redemption.
Published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman living in Puritan Boston, who is forced to wear a scarlet A because she gave birth to a child out of wedlock. “Easy A” offers a unique, modern version of Hester Prynne's tale.
Protagonist Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is the archetypal high school nobody, unknown and unpopular. Unlike Hester, however, Olive never commits adultery; she simply lies to her best friend about having sex. As any high school student knows, gossip spreads like wildfire in a schoolwide game of telephone.
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