Junior English

October 26, 2015

     The 1600s mixed with the 1800s equals more than 3400; the two dates combine for a great American novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. This tale of “drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll,” takes place in the Puritan settlement of modern day Boston. Hawthorne’s story depicts the harsh reality of the Puritan lifestyle, their rigorous laws, and the harsh punishments that would ensue a misstep in the biblical society. During the difficult reading, students have played private investigator as they searched for “the baby-daddy,” they played the part of concerned parent as Hester and Pearl tried to find their place in society, and they played judge and jury as more and more of the plot is being revealed.  Overall, the challenging text has tested students, but through projects, presentations, writings, and even daily assignments, students have demonstrated an ability to comprehend and engage with the powerful themes, symbols and motifs employed by Hawthorne.