The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Research Paper Topics
 
Select top 5 topics and rank in order of preference. 
Selections will be made on Wednesday, November 16th.
Choose a topic that can be thoroughly and effectively discussed in a 4 to 5 page paper.  
Once your topic is selected, your topic must be turned into a specific, unified, and arguable thesis statement.
All tentative thesis statements must be approved by the teacher. Tentative Thesis Statement and Questions due on Monday, November 21st.  
1. Investigation of one (or more if related) theme(s) in The Scarlet Letter. 2. Investigation of one (or more if related) symbol(s) in The Scarlet Letter to develop character, mood, irony, tone, etc. 3. Investigation of one (or more if related) motif(s) in The Scarlet Letter: color, nature (especially flowers), mirror, etc. to develop character, mood, irony, tone, etc. 4. Character study:  Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, Rev. Wilson. 5. Chillingworth’s motives in his relationship/friendship with Dimmesdale. 6. Hester’s decision to stay in Boston.

7. Hawthorne’s conclusions and judgments about life and people. 8. Dimmesdale’s relationship with Hester
9. Comparison and/or contrast of village and forest
10. Comparison and/or contrast of Chillingworth and Dimmesdale. 11. Comparison and/or contrast of the Puritan community and Pearl. 12. Comparison and/or contrast of Hester and Pearl.
13. Investigation of a minor character: Mistress Hibbins, Governor Bellingham, Governor Bellingham, others?  Why does the author include this minor character? 14. A reader’s perspective:  Is Dimmesdale pitied by the reader?  Should he be pitied by the reader?  (OR) Is Hester pitied by the reader?  Should she be pitied by the reader?  When and why? Why not? 15. Point of View in the novel: Third person omniscient as an effective or ineffective narrator. 16. Hawthorne’s editorializing:  effective or intrusive. 17. The role of the Puritan...
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