Thursday, October 7, 2010

THE BIRTHMARK was introduced to you today, October 7th, 2010

Dear Juniors,

Today we started our introduction on "The Birthmark," a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

1. We obtained information about Hawthorne and then I shared a Power Point Presentation concerning "The Short Story." Please obtain this information from someone else in class.

2. We then went to the lab in order to complete some research. Each student had one of the following words assigned to them: IRONY, SYMBOLISM. and THEME.

If you missed class, PLEASE see me BEFORE Monday, so that I can give you one of the words.

Your assignment is to research irony, symbolism and theme in association with "THE BIRTHMARK." You are to locate an Internet source that pertains to one of the three elements, annotate it concerning irony, theme or symbolism, and then create a list detailing the irony, aspects of symbolism and the themes found within "The Birthmark." I have included a student example below:

Phillip Johns                                                                                                                  John 1

Mrs. Crampton

Junior English


Themes found within “The Birthmark”

  1. Theme: Man should not attempt to change or alter what God has created.
  2. Theme: The desire for perfection can lead to imperfection
  3. Theme: Flaws give mankind a reason to seek for growth. If mankind possesses no flaws then they can not progress.
  4. Theme:  Science does not have a place in creation.
  Please remember to include a Works Cited page indicating your source.

1. Don't forget to complete Article of the Week #5 for Monday.
2. Please locate an Internet source detailing THEME, SYMBOLISM and IRONY for Monday.
3. From that information, please create a list of the Themes, Symbols and aspect of Irony associated with "The Birthmark." Please note the example above.