Essay One Idea(s)

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Here is an idea for Essay one.  I will most likely be adding more because I am never satisfied by my first idea.

1.) The physical surroundings in The Scarlet Letter play a very controversial role.  A relationship seems to form between the events that occur and the location that they occur in.  For example civilized behavior takes place in the wilderness, although one would think it would take place in the town.  My conclusion could state what this relationship says about the characters/puritains Hawthorne has chosen for his novel.

 2.) In Harris's Nights with Uncle Remus, Uncle Remus's informal dialect suggests that he is uneducated; however through the author's use of point of view, juxtaposition, and structure, the reader can deduce that Uncle Remus is actually the experienced educator in the story. 

(POV--> his interpretations, Juxtaposition-->young white boy/old black man, structure-->teaches a lesson after every tale)

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It's certainly OK by me if you want to change your idea after working with it for a while.

I don't think it's debatable to claim that there is a relationship between events and the place where the events take place. But I do think your observation that civilized behavior takes place in the wilderness is a productive approach. Note that Hester has a conversation with the very uncivilized Chillingworth out in those same woods, and also note that before the novel Hester has been spared the death penalty, and later we see the Governor change his mind and let her keep Pearl. Could those count as civlized things -- or at least more civilized than the alternatives -- that happen in town?

And don't forget what happens to Dimmesdale on his way back from the forest meeting with Hester -- he is almost insane, and he makes up his mind NOT to act on the plan they had worked out in the forest. What do you make of the fact that the trees are shaking and Pearl freaks out and does not trust Dimmesdale during this time, when he is planning to escape his guilt, but she does accept him and cry over him after he finally does admit his guilt (which leads to his death)?

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