Form V English
In-class essay test on The Scarlet Letter
Choose one of the following passages for a close reading analysis and write an essay in which you examine the ways in which Hawthorne uses the various elements of English prose composition in order to demonstrate the complexity of the ideas involved in the passage.
The following tips could help your essay to be successful:
- Take the time to work through your passage with some care; mark up all of the possible evidence you could use in your analysis. Please hand in your marked passage with your essay test.
- Please do not summarize the plot; summary is not the same thing as an analysis. Some micro plot information may be essential to set up your analysis, but it should be incredibly short.
- Keep in mind the analytical tools we have explored so far: (diction, tone, figurative language, allusion, listing, irony, syntax); (narrative, exposition, rhetoric, description); (binaries/dichotomies – structuralist analysis); (gothic and transcendental themes and images).
- Write complex prose about complex ideas when you have to; write simple prose about complex ideas as often as you can; write simple prose about simple ideas only when you have to; please do everything you can to avoid writing complex prose about simple ideas.
- Make sure that you leave yourself time to edit your writing. Essays come in two categories: those that have at least one error in them and those that do not.