AP Language and Composition: The Scarlet Letter Essay Assignment: An allegory is an extended metaphor in which the author uses the characters, objects, setting, or other literary elements to teach a moral lesson. The literary elements the author chooses have two meanings: one literal and one symbolic. Allegory deals with the symbolic meaning. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, is an allegory. He uses the characters and objects to teach a moral lesson. Decide what moral lesson Hawthorne wants the reader to learn. Then, using three characters, or three symbols (objects) write an essay to show the reader how Hawthorne creates the moral lesson through your chosen characters, or symbols. Your essay must have an introduction with a thesis statement, body with adequate support, and a conclusion.
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