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Scarlet Letter Final Projects
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The Scarlet Letter Project Options
- Imagine that Hester, Dimmesdale, & Pearl had managed to get on that ship and leave Boston. Write a scene that represents their new life together. Must be at least 2 pages long.
- Choose one character from the novel, & design a chart that emphasizes how they change throughout the story. Focus on the impact of shame.
- Write 5 diary entries that Hester would have written to Dimmesdale expressing her feelings for him & discussing what events she is going through. Be sure to make the entries as true to character as possible. Design an illustrated cover for your diary entries.
- Write an obituary for Hester, Dimmesdale & Chillingsworth. Check the newspaper for proper format. Make them as realistic as possible-You should have one for each character.
- Choose a character from the novel. Choose one central symbol & 4 secondary symbols for the character, plus one quote for each. Create a mobile of the symbols, with quotes attached.
- Many critics focus on the 3 scaffold scenes as unifying threads of the novel’s structure. Create a visual showing how these scenes unify the theme & heighten the suspense.
- This book, revolving as it does on a strong central female character, has been considered a document on the status of women. Do a typed report of the changing status of women in the mid-nineteenth century. Discuss what role Hawthorne believes women should play in society based on your reading of the novel.
- As Pearl, create a scrapbook of your experiences in Boston. Compile as many items that will forever represent your time spent with your mother & others in the village. Then write a brief statement explaining why each element represents the best time of your life.
- Create a storyboard for the novel. Choose several events that highlight the theme of guilt, sin, isolation, & alienation & illustrate each one on a separate small poster card. Include a caption that summarizes the event.
- Design your own scarlet letter, choosing a sin & decorating it as you see fit. Wear the letter every day for one week. Keep a journal of your experiences, including how others respond to the letter & what it symbolizes.
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Final project options to carry the study of the book beyond reading.