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Ch 2: The Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of The Scarlet Letter for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Examples of allegory in the novel
  • Exploration of characters, themes, symbols and symbolism
  • Critical literary analysis of the story
  • Literary devices and elements used in The Scarlet Letter such as irony, imagery, motifs, allusions and figurative language, among others
  • Discussion of the specific letter that was deemed The Scarlet Letter

24 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis
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The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

1. The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

See how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to illustrate the affair and resulting guilt between a minister and a Puritan woman in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.'

The Scarlet Letter: Characters, Symbols & Themes

2. The Scarlet Letter: Characters, Symbols & Themes

During this lesson, we will learn about Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter. After we explore the cast of the novel, we will discuss the novel's main symbols and themes. We will follow up with a short quiz.

The Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism

3. The Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne offers a bird's-eye view of Puritan life. In this lesson we will discuss how the effects of sin on society, as well as the individual, are considered. We will also critique Puritan beliefs and the condemnation of the treatment of women.

Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

4. Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

Symbolism is used throughout literature and has been for centuries. 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates this, and in this lesson, we'll examine a few of those symbols.

Color Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter

5. Color Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter

In this lesson, we will learn about Hawthorne's use of color in 'The Scarlet Letter'. We will learn how he uses red and black to describe sin and evil, gray to represent sadness, and gold to represent happiness.

The Meteor in The Scarlet Letter

6. The Meteor in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson examines the symbolism of the meteor in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece, ''The Scarlet Letter.'' The lesson argues that the meteor plays a complex role in the novel, at once uniting the lovers and condemning them.

Literary Devices & Elements in The Scarlet Letter

7. Literary Devices & Elements in The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece, 'The Scarlet Letter', is often considered one of the greatest novels in American literature. This lesson explores Hawthorne's masterful use of literary elements to construct his classic tale of sin and redemption.

Irony in The Scarlet Letter: Examples  & Analysis

8. Irony in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

This lesson will cover the differences between dramatic and situational irony as we examine some key quotations and events in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'.

Verbal Irony in The Scarlet Letter

9. Verbal Irony in The Scarlet Letter

In ''The Scarlet Letter'' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author makes extensive use of irony in his novel about secrets, sin, and vengeance. In this lesson, we will look at some examples of verbal irony.

Imagery in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

10. Imagery in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

This lesson will take a look at some examples of imagery in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' What makes a description imagery instead of just description? What purpose does it serve? Let's find out!

Motifs in The Scarlet Letter

11. Motifs in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson will explain some common motifs in the novel, ''The Scarlet Letter''. We will learn how sin and atonement, darkness and light, and nature versus society highlight some of the main themes of the novel.

Figurative Language in The Scarlet Letter

12. Figurative Language in The Scarlet Letter

Figurative language is used by writers everywhere, and it's been used for centuries - even by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.' In this lesson, learn about some different types of figurative language as they appear in this work.

Allusions in The Scarlet Letter

13. Allusions in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson will explain allusions in 'The Scarlet Letter.' Nathaniel Hawthorne makes many references to the Bible and Greek mythology to more fully describe his characters and to draw attention to the themes of the novel.

Point of View in The Scarlet Letter

14. Point of View in The Scarlet Letter

In this lesson, we'll discusses point of view in 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. We'll review the different points of view used in literature and discuss how one in particular worked in the novel.

Metaphors in The Scarlet Letter

15. Metaphors in The Scarlet Letter

In 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author offers vivid descriptions of both dark and light characters through the use of metaphors in his novel about guilt, sin, and revenge.

Similes in The Scarlet Letter

16. Similes in The Scarlet Letter

In ''The Scarlet Letter'' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne faces a level of judgement and disdain for committing adultery that is hard to imagine today. The author uses similes to provide clear descriptions of her circumstances.

Foreshadowing in The Scarlet Letter

17. Foreshadowing in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson will take a look at some of the ways Nathaniel Hawthorne uses foreshadowing in his novel The Scarlet Letter. Learn what foreshadowing is, what it is used for, and how it works in this novel.

Personification in The Scarlet Letter

18. Personification in The Scarlet Letter

In ''The Scarlet Letter,'' Nathaniel Hawthorne uses personification of natural objects to express the degree of isolation and loneliness that the characters feel as they are shunned by their community.

Diction in The Scarlet Letter

19. Diction in The Scarlet Letter

'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about the severe judgment of an adulterer in Puritanical New England. In this lesson, we will examine how diction is used to set the tone of the story.

Allegory in The Scarlet Letter

20. Allegory in The Scarlet Letter

''The Scarlet Letter'' is an allegory by Nathaniel Hawthorne that symbolizes the views of the author on sin, guilt, and judgment in Puritanical New England.

Tone & Mood in The Scarlet Letter

21. Tone & Mood in The Scarlet Letter

'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic of early American Literature, telling the tragic tale of Hester Prynne's sin and punishment in the harsh world of Puritan New England. This lesson will use the novel to explain mood and tone in literature.

What Letter Was the Scarlet Letter?

22. What Letter Was the Scarlet Letter?

Find out what letter the scarlet letter was in the book ''The Scarlet Letter'' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Learn about the importance the letter plays in the story as well as what it means.

The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words

23. The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words

Nathaniel Hawthorne is a master of vocabulary and language. In this lesson, we will explore the variety of powerful words used in his classic novel, ''The Scarlet Letter.''

The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words Flashcards

The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words Flashcards

Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, 'The Scarlet Letter' incorporates vivid and complex language. Use this set of flashcards to review a thorough list of uncommon or less-known vocabulary words from the novel.

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