Here is a link to a recap of what we did in class Friday September 26.
So this next week, we will be finishing our study in The Scarlet Letter. In class we learned that Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts and that one of his ancestors was the only judge in the Salem Witch Trials that never repented of his decision. Please watch this short synopsis of the play, The Crucible which was written by Arthur Miller not too many years ago.
The Scarlet Letter PDF Text, Table of Contents
Chapter 8 (audio)
Chapter 10 (audio)
Chapter 11 (audio)
Chapter 12 (audio)
Chapter 15 (audio)
Chapter 17 (audio)
Chapter 23 (audio)
Chapter 24 (audio)
After you have completed your audio/reading, please finish watching the last 35 minutes of the movie.
Friday–Scarlet Letter Essay (No Friday School)
This will be another informal essay. I do require that it be at least one and a half to two pages, typed, double spaced, properly formatted, and thoughtfully written. Please pick from one of the usual Scarlet Letter essay topics below:
1.) Is Hester Prynne a strong female character? Is The Scarlet Letter a protofeminist novel? Which simply means, does the novel have any PRE-feminist concepts? In a positive way though, not the negative angry feminism that we have today. Had Hester not been a woman, would she have received the same punishment? Discuss some ways that Hester shows her strength, independence, and goes beyond the “stereotypical woman” of the Puritan era.
2.) How does Hawthorne show the difference between true Christianity and false Christianity? What character shows true conviction, confession and repentance during the novel? Which characters are fake/hurtful/hypocritical? And which characters rely on just being “good people” as if that is enough? Discuss the correct way to connect to God and how we see that happen in this novel.
3.) The Bible says that the devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Jesus said in John 16:8, that conviction of sin is from the Holy Spirit and we know that condemnation is from the devil. Conviction is when the Holy Spirit draws us lovingly to repentance. Condemnation is when the enemy shouts at us that we are losers, God hates us, and we need to give up, run away, and hide like Adam and Eve did. In what ways does Chillingworth symbolize the devil in this book. Give some examples of actions and words that remind you of how the devil treats God’s people when they fall short. Include a Bible verse to prove your point.
This essay should take a few hours to complete. Have one of your parents proofread it and check for any spelling or mechanical errors.