Academic Papers on American Literature

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6 pages in length. There have been a number of influences that have shaped American Literature. From the time that Western Europeans founded the country to the inclusion of Native American lore to the contributions of such literary giants as Mark Twain and Carl Sandburg, the composition of American Literature has been both ...

A 5 page research paper describing the Scarlet Letter from a feminist viewpoint. The writer discusses how the Scarlet Letter reflects the stereotype of women as either good or evil, and how its reflected in the main character of Hester Prynne. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 8 page paper that evaluates the role of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story. This paper considers the role of Prynne in respect to the Puritan institutions and society in which she lived and the conflict that was inherent between her personal morality and that of the society. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 3 page essay which explores how Hester's alienation as a mother, wife and woman show the true expectations and moral values of Puritan society. No additional sources cited.

5 pages in length. Intolerance towards acts of adultery was alive and well, historically, during the period of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The sexual repression and hypocrisy that reigned during the seventeenth century -- as compared with the more relaxed attitudes of today -- was evident within the Puritan culture. The ...

A 15 page analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne's treatment of women in his novels and short stories. The paper concludes that despite the fact that Hawthorne created one strong female protagonist -- The Scarlet Letter's Hester Prynne -- in general he was uncomfortable with strong women, and most of his positive female characters have no real ...

This 8 page paper explores the impact of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter upon the feminist movement of the mid-nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on the writings of Margaret Fuller.

This 7 page paper explores how Nathaniel Hawthorne isolates his characters physically, mentally and socially in his classic 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

A 6 page paper analyzing Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel in terms of the oppression of Puritan society in the colonial period of American history. After providing a background on the Puritan faith in general, the paper looks at Hawthorne's novel to show how Hester refused to succumb to the oppression of her society. Bibliography lists six ...

A 5 page paper discussing romanticism in the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne - specifically The Scarlet Letter. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page report that examines the use of dichotomy and camparison as a style of writing in 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The writer looks at scenes and characterizations in terms of the use of descriptive duality. In summation there is a brief overview of the author, his life and the times ...

An 8 page paper examining the conflict of head versus heart in terms of the larger dichotomy of Romanticism versus Realism in this classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The paper looks specifically at two passages: the description of the eagle on the Custom House in the Introduction, and Dimmesdale's meeting with Hester in Chapter 17, ...

A 3 page essay on the themes of sin, criminal rebellion, and evil of isolation in Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' Because of Hester's evil sin, she is isolated from her society. The symbolic meaning of the scarlet letter itself is of the utmost importance in this discussion. No Bibliography.

4 pages in length. A detailed look at symbolism in 'The Scarlet Letter.' Specifically analyzed are the purpose of the letter, the possible meaning of 'A,' and so forth. The writer attempts to decipher precisely what Hawthorne intended when choosing a red letter A for the purpose of this story.

A 9 page paper analysis of the form used by Hawthorne in this classic work. The structure of the main characters and their portrayals are explored.

A 4 page creative writing assignment consisting of a letter from Dimmesdale discussing his decision not to run away with Hester near the end of the novel. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 7 page paper comparing Nathaniel Hawthorne's view of the artist's role in society with Don DeLillo's as shown in The Scarlet Letter versus Mao II. The paper concludes that while Hester fights for individuality, Bill Gray moves toward absorption into the mass. Three sources cited..

A 5 page essay which compares and contrasts the theme of enslavement from the authors' view of the slaver, the enslaved and the revolutionary. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 9 page paper that follows the moral transformation of the protagonist in Hawthorne's short story 'Young Goodman Brown.' The writer demonstrates how Hawthorne uses three settings to show the moral relationships between : (1) man and religion; (2) man and himself; and (3) man and society in this particular story. Young Goodman Brown ...

An 8 page argumentative paper arguing that Hawthorne is revealing more than spiritual struggle in his story 'Young Goodman Brown.' Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 6 page research paper explores how the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne is reflected in his classic short story, 'Young Goodman Brown,' drawing a comparison between his life and works. Also considered are the relationship of the short story to its time, and to other works of its type and time. Bibliography lists ...

A 5 page paper analyzing a number of symbols used in this profound story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It notes that in this attempt to discover the true nature of evil in man, Hawthorne's symbolism bypasses the conscious, logical mind to tap into its more dream-like processes below. Bibliography lists seven sources.

A 5 page essay that explores the allegories in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic short story Young Goodman Brown. The writer shows the spiritual meaning in the every day objects of the story. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page analysis of this short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in terms of whether or not Hawthorne seems to have sympathized with his character. The paper presents several explanations for Brown's strange change of heart in the story, but concludes that however one views his transformation, Hawthorne did not sympathize with him at ...

A 5 page essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story. The writer provides some historical background into Puritanism and the Puritan view of witchcraft against the backdrop of Hawthorne's fiction. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

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