The Scarlet Letter Questions
1. Nathaniel Hawthorne, a dark American Romantic writer, was born on July 4th, 1804, in the town of Salem Massachusetts. Hawthorne wrote many works of literature, his first one was The Scarlet Letter. With this novel, came enough success for Hawthorne to completely devote himself to his writings. In 1851, he left Salem to draft and complete his second book, which he called The House of the Seven Gables. His other novels were, The Blithedale Romance and The Marble Faun. These novels however were labeled as disappointments to his fans. Nathaniel Hawthorne lived in the Puritan times, and wrote from his own experience. The Scarlet Letter possessed a setting of Puritan times and lands. Hawthorne traveled a lot and wrote most of his works away from home. He passed away on May 19th, 1864 after a long period of suffering from severe dementia. (http://www.gradesaver.com/author/hawthorne/) 2. The Scarlet Letter is organized into 24 chapters in which Hawthorne describes different scenes of the story. Each chapter is about 7-10 pages, giving him plenty of room to fully portray and explain the plot. Hawthorne uses different techniques such as foreshadowing and chronological order to help the reader suspect the plot while keeping them on track of the here and now. He wrote the story to cover a time frame of seven years in which his main character, Hester Prynne, is tortured by her own ignominy. In the beginning of this story, Hester is a hated, despised, avoided human being. As convicted as an adulterer, she’s practically the plague to her town. As we approach the end of the novel, however, the townspeople discover her innocence. The audience is completely clued in on the mysteries of the book, such as who the ex-husband of Hester was, and who the second parent of little Pearl was. 3. The point of view in this novel was third person omniscient. This point of view remains consistent throughout the entire story. Hawthorne achieves the result of...
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