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The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne English 10. A. Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864 Salem, Massachussetts Published in 1850-brought fame Over 150 years ago. Themes Alienation Breaking society’s rules A woman lets her heart rule her head and suffers.

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the scarlet letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

English 10

A

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

    • 1804-1864
    • Salem, Massachussetts
    • Published in 1850-brought fame
    • Over 150 years ago.
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Themes

    • Alienation
    • Breaking society’s rules
    • A woman lets her heart rule her head and suffers.
    • Romance – Deals with internal truth or truths of the human heart.
    • Relationship with nature.
    • Interior psychology of individual characters.
setting
Setting
  • Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1600s.
    • Puritans arrived in New England in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 1600s.
    • Believed in a pure interpretation of the Bible.
    • Religion and government closely intertwined. Ministers counseled judges.
      • Strict rules against theater, music, sensuous poetry, and frivolous dress.
character
Character
  • Hester-
    • Came to America to wait for her husband who was finishing business in Europe to arrive.
    • Husband is captured by Indians and never shows up. He is believed to be dead.
    • Hester commits adultery and becomes pregnant.
    • She is imprisoned and must wear the scarlet letter, which she elaborately embroiders in gold.
    • Must stand on the public scaffold.
      • Does so wearing the letter and holding three-month-old Pearl.
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Chillingworth-An old man new to the village asks about her and learns her story.

  • Rev. Dimmesdale- A revered minister in the village.
  • Pearl-Hester’s daughter
assignment
Assignment
  • Read chapters 1-6 by Tuesday, September 7.
  • Keep character profiles in your novel section. Write down characteristics of the characters and emotions you feel for the characters.
  • As you read, think of whom you feel to be the father of Hester’s child.