These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Scarlet Letter
Alternate Character Interpretation- Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. She's probably a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped- A sin does not define a person as completely evil. How a person accepts and interprets his/her own sins are rift with complicated emotions and grey morality rather than the black and white.
Narm: In the film, the poor guy about to hang Dimmesdale gets shot by an Indian in the throat three times! And continues stumbling around in midst of the huge battle. It's almost a Overly-Long Gag.
Tear Jerker: A common, cliche ending in old literature (and yet), Arthur's last words to the crowd about the nature of sin and humanity with his daughter kissing him goodbye qualify.
They Just Didn't Care: Demi Moore's film. Moore herself infamously stated "Hardly anybody's read the book" when confronted about the numerous changes.
Wangst - Dimmesdale, would you just confess already?! You're wasting away.
Nicely averted with Hester. Although Hester is grieved and despondant at her place as an outcast, she gathers dignity to live and redeems herself gradually to her townsfolk — she is forced to take responsibility, and so she does so. Dimmesdale, her obvious foil, wastes himself away.
It is commonly taught in English classes the country over that the chapter "A Flood of Sunshine" is, in fact, one long literary metaphor for sex. Considering lines like, "All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest..." - well, is it any wonder?
Dimmesdale neither has the courage to confess and face the consequences or to take the secret to his grave. He chooses the most cowardly possible option by waiting until he only has a few seconds to live to make a confession.