Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ and Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet letter’ (ppt notes)

Slide 1: ‘Through the telling and receiving of stories, we become more aware of ourselves and our shared human experiences.’ Through the transmission of stories, we can gain an appreciation and understanding of how society has universally dictated human actions and experiences and thus, may influence our own perceptions and actions within the framework of … Read more

Compare John Proctor and Arthur Dimmesdales Sins: A Study of The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter

  Joelle Nelson Miss Vent Honors American Literature 10 December 2018 Arthur Dimmesdale and John Proctor   During the seventeenth century, many different beliefs abounded through America. There were some that believed one should be sinless, often hanging those who were found dealing with any form of witchcraft or publicly displaying those who wronged against … Read more

Human Behaviors & Experiences Exposed by Society Through Miller & Hawthorne’s Stories

Slide 1: ‘Through the telling and receiving of stories, we become more aware of ourselves and our shared human experiences.’ Through the transmission of stories, we can gain an appreciation and understanding of how society has universally dictated human actions and experiences and thus, may influence our own perceptions and actions within the framework of … Read more

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne (Introduction: The Custom House & The Prison Door & The Market Place)

Introduction: The Custom House (p. 269-309)   08 September 2018   This introductory starts off by giving a statement of the author nathaniel hawthorne however the hardships he has gone through to get a job as a waiter. The introductory applies to ethos because the author had a hard time however through his hardships he got through … Read more

The Scarlet Letter: Illuminating Episode and Case Statement

 Introduction The Scarlet letter is a historical fiction novel that was written in the year 1850. The fictional story presents redemption, guilt, and revenge in colonial America. One of the significant illuminating incidents that have been introduced in the scarlet letter and functions like as a case statement is when Hester is suspected of … Read more

Romanticism: Rejecting Conformity and Embracing Individualism in Hawthorne and Emerson

Inspired by the desire to push away European influences and establish American literature, the American Romanticism period was a literary revolution that thrived during the 18th century. Romantic writers embraced fundamental elements such as strong emotion, intuition, individualism, and personality over rationalism in their literature. Several Romantic novelists, essayists, and poets, such as Ralph Waldo … Read more

How Children’s Minds Develop: the Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorne

Have you ever thought of how children’s minds develop and how it impacts their behavior as they mature? According to recent studies, “The development of children’s emotion-related self-regulation appears to be related to, and likely involved in, many aspects of children’s development” as stated by Eggum Nd. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorne contrasts the … Read more

Exploring How Child Rearing Influenced Self-Regulation in The Scarlet Letter

 Have you ever thought of how children’s minds develop and how it impacts their behavior as they mature? According to recent studies, “The development of children's emotion-related self-regulation appears to be related to, and likely involved in, many aspects of children's development” as stated by Eggum Nd. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorne contrasts … Read more

How Outsiders Hester and Huck Are Victimised in The Scarlet Letter and The Adv. of Huckleberry Finn

 The themes of social alienation and victimisation are central in both The Scarlet Letter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In these texts, the authors use the protagonists Hester Prynne and Huck Finn to represent the ways in which children and women are outsiders and victims in their respective societies. Ruth Benedict argues ‘that … Read more

The punishment of adultery

The punishment of adultery during the colonial period in the novel a Scarlet Letter has changed significantly in the 21st century due to ethical, moral and sociological ideology. During the colonial period (1600 – 1700) New England, Massachusetts was governed by the puritans. The puritans used the bible as a literal interpretation of what was … Read more

The Scarlet letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne/Puritan Society and Inner Ferocity

The Scarlet letter is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthrone has written many good and important novels and short stories throughout his lifetime. In The Scarlet Letter we see the woman with her child be exhibited by the people because she has a child with another man. In The scarlet letter bears … Read more

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne/An Analysis of Sin and Society in Puritan America

Hester Prynne was married to Mr. Prynne. After arriving in Boston and been without her husband for some time, she is unfaithful to her husband, and have a child. This is a sin in the Puritan society, and she will be punished for that. It is as if there always follows a dark shadow with … Read more

Writing an essay on ‘The Scarlet Letter’

There are many themes, topics, and points for discussion when writing an essay about “The Scarlet Letter.” Here are a few key ones to consider:

Sin and Guilt: The novel is primarily concerned with the consequences of sin and guilt. How do Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth deal with their own guilt, and how do they cope with the guilt of others? What role does the Puritan belief in predestination play in the novel’s exploration of sin and guilt?

Society and Conformity: “The Scarlet Letter” is set in a Puritan society that values conformity and obedience to authority. How does this affect the characters’ behavior and attitudes? What does the novel suggest about the dangers of a conformist society?

Gender Roles: The novel also explores gender roles in Puritan society. How are men and women expected to behave, and how do these expectations affect the characters’ actions? How does Hester challenge traditional gender roles, and what does this say about the novel’s perspective on gender?

Nature and the Supernatural: Hawthorne often uses nature and the supernatural to symbolize the characters’ emotions and actions. What role do the forest and the meteor play in the novel? How do they reflect the characters’ inner lives?

Redemption: The novel explores the possibility of redemption for those who have sinned. How do Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth seek redemption, and are they successful? What does the novel suggest about the possibility of redemption in a society that values punishment over forgiveness?

Symbolism and Imagery: “The Scarlet Letter” is rich in symbolism and imagery. What do the scarlet letter “A,” the scaffold, and the rose bush symbolize? How do these symbols reflect the novel’s themes and motifs?

Narration and Point of View: The novel is narrated by an omniscient narrator who often comments on the characters’ actions and thoughts. How does the narrator’s point of view shape our understanding of the characters and the story? How would the novel be different if it were told from a different perspective?

These are just a few themes, topics, and points for discussion when writing an essay about “The Scarlet Letter.” Depending on the focus of your essay, there may be other important themes and motifs to consider as well.