By Susan Van Kirk

The unique CliffsNotes examine courses provide professional remark on significant subject matters, plots, characters, literary units, and old history. the most recent new release of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible parts that supplement the vintage, commonly used format.
In CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, you discover existence in 17th-century Massachusetts as you keep on with the ordeal of Hester Prynne, who has been discovered in charge of adultery and sentenced to put on a scarlet letter A on her gown as an indication of disgrace. The Scarlet Letter is taken into account to be Hawthorne's most interesting paintings, depicting a global the place the genuine meets the factitious, the particular meets the imaginary — in a vintage tale that's tricky to forget.
This examine advisor conscientiously walks you thru each step of Hester's trip via delivering summaries and demanding analyses of every bankruptcy of the unconventional. You'll additionally discover the lifestyles and heritage of the writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and achieve perception into how he got here to write down The Scarlet Letter. different beneficial properties that assist you research include

• personality analyses of significant players
• a personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
• serious essays at the novel's environment and constitution, symbolism, and class as a gothic romance
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• A source heart packed with books, articles, motion pictures, and net sites
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2 The poet may use negative terms to state or amplify his conception of what a true hero should be in two different ways. He may mention what a true hero is not or does not do (namely, bad things), or he may mention what a nonhero is not or does not do (namely, good things). Let us begin by looking at some examples of the second kind of statement, in which characters or behavior more or less sharply defined as being the opposite of heroic are typically described. Two such examples occur in the passage in Hrothgar’s sermon where the wicked king Heremod is described.

2. Adrien Bonjour, The Digressions in Beowulf (Oxford, 1950); Arthur G. Brodeur, The Art of Beowulf (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1959), esp. Chap. III. 3. ╯54. 4. Brodeur, op. , pp. 83–85. 42 9. Most edited texts read genægdon “attacked” in line 29l6b to avoid alliteration on the fourth stress of the line; but the MS. has ge hnœgdon “humbled”. Cf. ” 10. The passage is, I am aware, subject to differing interpretations. ) here, p. xxxviii: “It is started by the Swedes, who attack their Southern neighbors.

The general impression that Beowulf, lacking clarity and speed, is remarkable rather for depth and vibrancy needs explanation in terms both of style and of structure. These effects are partly due to a method of evocation and cross-reference in which contrast is an important element. Notable examples of description by contrast are the allusions to Sigemund, Heremod, and Offa; and there 33 are constant lesser instances of this method and its corollary, parallelism. As a structural principle, it may be traced in the antiphonal exordium.

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