352:223 Survey of American Literature
Paper 2, Due Friday, November 13, 2006

Hawthorne often included in his fiction with a commentary he called a "moral" that seemed to point to his ethical purpose. In our readings, Reverend Hooper denounces secret sin at the end of "The Minister's Black Veil," Goodman Brown regrets the loss of “Faith” and dies gloomily in "Young Goodman Brown," and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale’s errors earns the remark, "Be true! Be true! Be true," near the end of The Scarlet Letter.

In a paper of 2-4 pages, discuss the function and significance of the "morals" in all three works in which they appear. Do you find them similar or different? To what extent do Hawthorne’s attitudes follow the ethical values of the 17th century Puritans we read?

Show the quality and depth of your reading, Focus your argument and develop your case with concrete evidence from the texts, Use selected short quotes with page citations. Avoid mere plot summaries or echoes of the class discussions.