Transcendentalism in The Scarlet Letter


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What literary and philosophical movement plays an important role in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter?

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1. In The Scarlet Letter, what transcendentalist themes are explored?

2. In The Scarlet Letter how might the scarlet A be seen as a symbol of transcendentalism?

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The worksheet and attached quiz will guide you as you find out what you know about Transcendentalism in The Scarlet Letter. For the quiz, you'll need to cover things like who wrote the book and the literary movement associated with it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how well you know how to:

  • Identify the themes in the book
  • Explain the letter A with regard to the context of the book
  • Analyze nature's role in the story

Skills Practiced

Practice the following study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Transcendentalism in The Scarlet Letter
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding nature's role in the text and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the themes in the book

Additional Learning

In order to gain more perspective about this subject, review the lesson entitled Transcendentalism in The Scarlet Letter. Once you've finished the lesson, you will have learned the following objectives:

  • Identify the views of Transcendentalism
  • Apply Transcendentalist themes to the novel, such as individual versus society
  • Review the plot of The Scarlet Letter
  • Recognize key characters, such as Hester Prynne, Pearl, and Reverend Dimmesdale
  • Define Puritan, Romantics, and noble savage