A The Scarlet Letter

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        A          The Scarlet Letter

                                        Light and Dark:



Appearance Vs Reality:

                                        Journal Entries: Answer the following in one page:
                                        1. Sometimes people hear things about a book before
                                        they have read it. What have you heard about the
                                        Scarlet Letter? What do you think the book is about?
                                        What conflicts do you think the book will explore?
Breaking Society’s Rules:
                                        2. How would you describe a “sin of passion” and a “sin
                                        of principle?” What are the differences? Should
                                        punishment be the same?

                                        3. Describe Pearl. What is she like? Does she belong
                                        in a Puritan society? What does he involvement in the
                                        story suggest about Puritan society in general?

                                        4. After having read the novel, what would you say is
                                        the “moral” or “lesson” of the story?
Characters____________________________   Writing Assignment_____________________
Hester Prynne
                                         Choose one of the below writing assignments. Make it
                                         clean, thoughtful, and have fun!

                                         1. Write an editorial for the local Puritan newspaper
                                            about Hester Prynne. An editorial is the opinion of
                                            the writer, so you may write from the perspective of
__________________________________          condemning her, or defending her:
Roger Chillingworth                             a. 1 page in length
                                                b. Include a “picture” of Hester on the scaffold
                                                c. Editorial content may include:
                                                           i. Explanation of her offenses (why
                                                              they are so grievous)
                                                          ii. Explanation of her punishment
                                                              (too light? too harsh?)
__________________________________                       iii. What the community has learned
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale                                    from her?
                                                         iv. Speculate who the father is? Why
                                                              won’t she tell?

                                                       --------- OR ---------

                                         2. Journal as Hester Prynne or Arthur Dimmesdale
__________________________________          or Roger Chillingworth:
Pearl                                           a. Make a “journal”
                                                         i. create an aged book, use a
                                                            handwriting font
                                                b. 4 good, thoughtful Journal Entries
__________________________________                 minimum (1 full paragraph each)!
Governor Bellingham                                      i. Date
                                                        ii. Discuss how you feel, what is
__________________________________                          happening, the town’s reaction, etc.
Mistress Hibbins                                       iii. Sign after each entry and place
                                                            your “seal” after your name
__________________________________                          (remember, you are writing as that
Reverend Mr. John Wilson                                    character)

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