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					The Minister’s Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered one of America's foremost authors, and produced one of the country's great
novels, The Scarlet Letter. As a romantic writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne specifically pens dark romantic tales that generally
focus on themes relating to sin, guilt, and humankind's relationship with science and the natural world. His most famous
short stories include "Rappaccini's Daughter", "The Minister's Black Veil", "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", and "Young
Goodman Brown".
"The Minister's Black Veil" is a short story with themes relating to secret sin and personal guilt, ideas more fully
developed in Hawthorne's masterpiece The Scarlet Letter. Stylistically, the short story holds fast to traditional dark
romanticism and gothic approaches. Specific to Hawthorne's interest, however, is that it is set within the claustrophobic
confines of a dogmatic religious worldview and that the symbol—in this case the veil—is dominant throughout the story.
For homework: Read “The Minister’s Black Veil” and answer the questions at the end.


Extra Credit for this Marking Period:
Make a school appropriate multimedia presentation for one of the readings/units studied this marking period.
It is due March 29th, 2010 (no exceptions). You may work with a partner if you choose.

Potential Programs:
       iMovie (mac)                                                      PowerPoint
       Movie Maker (windows)                                             Web Page Authoring Software
       PhotoStory 3 (free microsoft download)                            Wikispaces
       If you are aware of other programs, please message Ms. Shubert (Shubert)

Example: http://cavsenglish11spring2010.wikispaces.com/Transcendentalism+Reaction




The Minister’s Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered one of America's foremost authors, and produced one of the country's great
novels, The Scarlet Letter. As a romantic writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne specifically pens dark romantic tales that generally
focus on themes relating to sin, guilt, and humankind's relationship with science and the natural world. His most famous
short stories include "Rappaccini's Daughter", "The Minister's Black Veil", "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", and "Young
Goodman Brown".
"The Minister's Black Veil" is a short story with themes relating to secret sin and personal guilt, ideas more fully
developed in Hawthorne's masterpiece The Scarlet Letter. Stylistically, the short story holds fast to traditional dark
romanticism and gothic approaches. Specific to Hawthorne's interest, however, is that it is set within the claustrophobic
confines of a dogmatic religious worldview and that the symbol—in this case the veil—is dominant throughout the story.
For homework: Read “The Minister’s Black Veil” and answer the questions at the end.


Extra Credit for this Marking Period:
Make a school appropriate multimedia presentation for one of the readings/units studied this marking period.
It is due March 29th, 2010 (no exceptions). You may work with a partner if you choose.

Potential Programs:
       iMovie (mac)                                                      PowerPoint
       Movie Maker (windows)                                             Web Page Authoring Software
       PhotoStory 3 (free microsoft download)                            Wikispaces
       If you are aware of other programs, please message Ms. Shubert (Shubert)

Example: http://cavsenglish11spring2010.wikispaces.com/Transcendentalism+Reaction


				
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