provide an analysis of the novel and what it says about identity. What is Hawthorne's ultimate message regarding conformity and individual identity?
you should provide an analysis of the novel and what it says about identity. What is Hawthorne's ultimate message regarding conformity and individual identity? Some specific things that you might consider from the novel:
1. Hester's thoughts on the scarlet letter: "Throughout them all, giving up her individuality, she would become the general symbol at which the preacher and moralist might point, and in which they might vivify and embody their images of woman's frailty and sinful passion" (Hawthorne, 2005, p. 55). Is this ultimately what happens with Hester and her identity? Why or why not? Is Hester ultimately one who conforms? Or is there only conformity on the surface?
2. What does Hawthorne indicate about conformity and individual identity through the character of Dimsdale?
3. Hawthorne mentions in several areas the issue of "man's law" versus more natural order. Is this an indictment of conformity?
4. Given that the novel focuses on a generation of settlers (even Hester was not born here) what is the larger message about the role of tradition in identity formation? What is Pearl used to indicate, as the one character we see who was born on American soil?
**Textual Support: ** Obviously, you'll be using examples from the novel.
**Length: ** no fewer than 2300 words
**Thesis Statement:** Please formulate a clear thesis statement that directly presents the argument point. **Do not use a purpose statement, a quotation, or question as the thesis.**
**Organization: ** Note that this type of paper does not rely on plot summaries. While you do want to provide a bit of context for the novel, this should be done fairly quickly and concisely so you can move on to using those texts to support your larger analysis/argument thesis.