Scarlet Letter Notes Essay

The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 1 Reading: The Marketplace, The Recognition, The Interview Journal Notes [see end of document for format criteria]: 1. Select distinguishing characteristics and remarks for Hester Prynne, Rev. Dimmesdale and the stranger/physician. 2. Track how the crowd treats Hester/her punishment 3. Note Hawthorne’s references to Puritan living and how they indicate bias towards their actions and beliefs. 4. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch. 12 and 24. ) Journal Entry [see end of document for format criteria]: Discuss the contrasts in settings (market place vs. rison) and how they affect character, plot development or theme through the first three chapters. A A A A A A A A A A A A A The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 2 Reading : Hester at her Needle, Pearl Journal Notes: 1. Note suggestions that the public has not relented in their treatment of Hester. 2. Note suggestions that Hester has not relented in punishing herself. 3. Suggest parallels between Pearl’s temperament/appearance and her origin. 4. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch. 12 and 24. ) Journal Entries: 1. Consider how/why Pearl’s name is an appropriate one for Hawthorne to give to Hester’s child.

OR 2. Critics have called Pearl, “half-child, half-literary symbol. ” How does Chapter VI serve to start this argument? The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 3 Reading : The Governor’s Hall, The Elf-Child and the Minister Journal Notes: 1. Note how Hawthorne has “romanticized” the Governor’s Hall (what seems out of the ordinary, given your knowledge of Puritan “tastes”? ) 2. Establish links between Chapter 8 and Chapter 1. 3. Elf-Child? Offer suggestions why/how Pearl fits this moniker. 4. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch. 12 and 24. ) Journal Entries: 1.

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How has Hester’s TONE towards Dimmesdale changed from her first conversation with him in the marketplace to this most recent one in Chapter 8 ? AND 2. How is Dimmesdale able to convince the Magistrates that Hester is a fitting mother? How is this evidence corroborated, in a way, by Hester’s encounter with Mistress Hibbins? A A A A A A A A A A A A A The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 4 Reading : The Minister’s Vigil, Another View of Hester, Hester and the Physician, Hester and Pearl Journal Notes: 1. Track how Pearl continues to operate on two different levels (child and literary symbol). . Consider permutations of/ possibilities for the symbolic value of the letter “A. ” 3. Note the shift in the balance of power between Chillingworth and Hester. 4. Is Hester starting to be true to her own feelings? Record evidence yes/no. 5. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch. 12 and 24. ) The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 4 (Continued) Journal Entries: 1. Discuss Crucifixion parallels in The Minister’s Vigil. (Hint: I would pick up a New Testament here if I were researching this topic: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. ) AND 2.

In Another View of Hester, we notice her transition from adulteress (sinner) to free thinker (heretic); which Hester do you suppose is more repulsive to the Puritan community? How does Hawthorne address this transition symbolically? A A A A A A A A A A A A A The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 5 Reading A Forest Walk, The Pastor and His Parishioner Journal Notes 1. Where do we see connections to Longfellow’s Forest Primeval in Ch. 16? 2. What about the forest as a battleground for the forces of good and evil? (Or light and darkness? ) 3. Highlight Rhetorical devices in Hester’s speech to Dimmesdale (pp. 52-54) 4. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch 24. ) Journal Entries 1. In Chapter 17, how, and why, have “the Pastor” and the “parishioner” switched roles? AND 2. Take another look at Hester’s advice to Dimmesdale on pages 152-54: what about this speech is profoundly “American”? The Scarlet Letter: from A to z. Journal # 6 Readings A Flood of Sunshine, The Child at the Brook-Side, The Minister in A Maze Journal Notes 1. Identify possible symbolic elements in these three chapters. 2. Imagine you are directing Chapter 19 as if it were on the stage…where/how would you position your actors? This could be done in a diagram/series of diagrams…) 3. Ruminate on reasons why Hawthorne titles Chapter 20 The Minister in A Maze… 4. Vocabulary (you will have a quiz at the end of Ch 24. ) Journal Entries 1. Why does Hawthorne choose to follow The Pastor and the Parishioner with A Flood of Sunshine? OR 2. Why/ how are Hester and Dimmesdale “like ghosts”? (You may need to reach back into Chapter 16 for this one…! ) OR 3. Explore possibilities for pairing Chapters 19 & 20… A A A A A A A A A A A A A Journal Notes and Entries: Stitching Your A’s… [Putting the A in AP? ] 1.

Your job here is to convince me that you have read & interacted with Hawthorne’s text: we will boldly go where Mssrs. Cliff, Spark, Pink Monkey, Barron, et al. , dare not tread. 2. Your journals will be collected on the dates indicated on groovytoo: journals will be submitted at the START OF CLASS on the day they are due. A. Journals submitted after the start of class (but prior to 3:05) will automatically receive a 10 point reduction B. NO Journals will be accepted after the due date 3. Each submission involves a pair of entries: I will check one of the entries for completion and evaluate the other for content and substance.

My decisions in this regard will be merely a function of my own capriciousness at the moment I pick up your Journal. [Thusly, it would behoove you to complete all of the assignments at a thorough level. ] 4. Journals increase in value as we move through the text: Submission # 1 = 15 points (completion)/30 points (evaluation) Submission # 2 = 20 points (completion)/40 points (evaluation) Submission # 3 = 25 points (completion)/50 points (evaluation) 5. Regarding Journal Notes, I am looking for direct textual references NOT paraphrase: Ex. (Reading 1: Notes 1) ( Dimmesdale was “a person f very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow…. ” (19) Students wishing to earn full credit will then interact with the text: Ex. Dimmesdale was “a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow…. ” (19) ( characteristics which suggest D. is a figure of very high stature in the town/superiority/possibly even angelic or godly 6. Regarding Vocabulary, I am not simply looking for words you don’t know [BTW, Hawthorne is a vocabulary thug: there are more words in this text you don’t know than there are entries in Paris Hilton’s “little black book…”], but the definitions of these words.

But, this said*, be prudent—go for the words that seem to show up again and again, or seem most integral to meaning—don’t waste your time/ink/paper recording every word which seems unfamiliar! *expletive! 7. Regarding Journal Entries, I am looking for fully developed, textually supported, appropriately constructed, scrutinizingly edited written responses. Your responses should follow the format for APpealing responses we have already examined. These are formal essays, ideally composed over time and outside of class: as such, they should be insightful as well as mechanically sound. See “Prison Door” example, for instance. ] 8. I am not requiring your Journals to be typed; however I have neither the time nor the inclination to struggle with hieroglyphics. IOW, if I cannot read it easily, I am not going to read it at all. 9. Follow these guidelines and the A you will wear so proudly on thine bosom will stand for Astounding, Awesome, and Amazing: reject them and the fingers of contumely will fain stop pointing at your perch upon the pillory.