The Scarlet Letter Extra Credit Project If you would like to do an extra credit project for The Scarlet Letter, choose one of the following options and turn it in to me by January 14. 1. Produce a quality film version of The Scarlet Letter. Include at least three significant scenes. Between all of the scenes, Hester, Arthur, Chillingworth, and Pearl must have at least one significant opportunity to act. You can adapt Hawthorne’s language (shorten some lines, etc), but overall, the lines must retain the style of the novel. Extra points for costumes and props. 2. Create a eulogy for Arthur Dimmesdale in the style of the language of The Scarlet Letter. Provide information about his early life, and reflect upon his influence upon Boston during his lifetime, and address what the anticipated influence will be after his death. Make up incidents and include details (such as the individual members of the church you will mention) that are in line with Hawthorne’s presentation of his character, but imagined by you. Also , refer to scenes where he appears in the book to gather your prewriting ideas. Imagine you could interview his surviving acquaintances from the novel; what would they tell you about him? Decide on a tone (mood) and make sure you don’t merely list facts. Break up your serious information with some light-hearted thoughts. Use precise language, sensory details, action verbs, active voice. 500 word minimum. 3. Write four poems of at least 20 lines/poem. In one poem, select a theme from the novel and personify it in the poem (showing me you understand the meaning of the theme). The other three poems should be bio poems (one poem for each three main characters), serious poems which will reflect your understanding of the depth of each character. See me for a more detailed handout. 4. Based on Hawthorne’s vivid descriptions, paint or draw a detailed series of scenes from The Scarlet Letter. At least one scene must be integral to the primary theme. 5. Plot map—Create a complete, thoroughly detailed, and illustrated chronological timeline/map of the plot from The Scarlet Letter on posters or PowerPoint. Include at least 15 important points from the novel.
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