Kind of Activity:
Group writing and class discussion
To understand the role of the framing chapter and to contextualize the novel for modern readers
Return to The Custom House, the introductory chapter of the novel. Now that students have finished reading The Scarlet Letter, what do they think the purpose of the Custom House was?
Discuss the concept of a framing device. Introduce the cultural climate in which Hawthorne was writing. Prompt students to be aware of the fact that The Scarlet Letter is set in a time that was remote from Hawthorne and his readers, just as it is from readers today.
Break students into small groups and ask them to...
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