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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter Global Introductions. Surviving High School. Discuss one unwritten rule for surviving in high school? What might be an unwritten rule to survive in a Puritan town?. Clique. What comes to mind when you hear the word “clique”?

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surviving high school
Surviving High School
  • Discuss one unwritten rule for surviving in high school?
  • What might be an unwritten rule to survive in a Puritan town?
clique
Clique
  • What comes to mind when you hear the word “clique”?
  • What cliques are present in The Scarlet Letter?
left out
Left Out
  • How would you feel if you were ostracized from the members of your school or community? What would you do about it?
puritan era
Puritan Era
  • List one characteristic of the Puritan era and briefly explain how things are now similar or different.
conformity
Conformity
  • In what ways do you conform to what is expected of you?
new girl
New Girl
  • A new girl has transferred to your school. As she passes through the hall, you overhear some boys and girls in your class whisper that she is promiscuous. What is your response?
fitting in
Fitting In
  • Given the generalization “Everybody wants to fit in,” identify a specific example where you have seen this to be true or identify an example that refutes the generalization.
guilt
Guilt
  • What does guilt look like? If you had to draw a symbol of guilt, what would it be?
  • Who “shows” guilt in the novel thus far?
parental influence
Parental Influence
  • How instrumental is a parent’s influence on their child’s development?
  • Is Hester responsible for Pearl’s behavior?
angry friends
Angry Friends
  • Your friends are angry at you. Would you rather get the silent treatment or be angrily confronted. Explain your choice.
scapegoat
Scapegoat
  • What is a “scapegoat”? Who appears to be a scapegoat in this novel?
silent
Silent
  • What are some possible reasons someone might not speak up for themselves when they are being treated unfairly or are simply misunderstood?
worst sin
Worst Sin
  • In your opinion, who has committed the “worst sin” in the novel? Hester, Dimmesdale, or Chillingsworth? Explain your answer
novel s end
Novel’s End
  • As we approach the end of the novel, what do you predict will happen? Consider the following elements:
  • Hester and Dimmesdale’s relationship
  • Chillingsworth and Dimmesdale’s relationship
  • Pearl
running away
Running Away
  • Chillingsworth is about to reveal the truth to the community. Dimmesdale is ready to give up and die instead of facing the truth. Hester proposes that they run away to a different country.
  • Do you agree with Hester’s plan? Will it solve their problems?
book banning
Book Banning
  • The Scarlet Letter is ranked #4 on “Banned Books.”
  • Why do you think the book was banned when it was first published in 1850?
  • Why would individuals try to ban the book even in the 1970’s?
  • Should books be banned? Why or why not?
theme life lesson
Theme/ Life Lesson
  • What is one “life lesson” that we can learn from this novel?
chillingsworth s plan
Chillingsworth’s Plan
  • Now that we know Chillingsworth plans to go to England with Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl, what do you think he’ll do once he’s on the ship? What is his plan?
end of novel
End of Novel
  • How do you feel about Dimmesdale’s death?
  • Do you agree with the way Hawthorne ended the book? Why or why not?
character descriptions
Character Descriptions
  • Choose a character from the novel (Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, or Chillingsworth)
  • Write down as many descriptions of this character that you can (mischievous, courageous, kind, coward, etc.)
symbolism
Symbolism
  • Hawthorne uses symbolism throughout the book. How could the following items be a symbol?
    • Pearl’s name
    • The Rose Bush beside the prison door
    • The Scarlet Letter
    • The constant use of light and dark (sunlight and shadows)
favorite character
Favorite Character
  • Who is your favorite character in the novel? Explain your answer.
  • Who is your least favorite character in the novel? Explain your answer.