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Objectives/Student Outcomes Using this Learning Guide: Students will exercise research skills to improve their awareness of early American life and through role playing and writing assignments at the end of the film they will be able to present arguments about moral issues raised in the story.

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Description: This is a faithful rendering of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel about Hester Prynne a young married woman in Puritan Salem, Massachusetts. Hester's husband has been missing for years and is presumed dead. She has a secret love affair with a minister and becomes pregnant. Obviously guilty of adultery but unwilling to name the father of her child, Hester faces the condemnation of the community. Her hypocritical lover allows her to suffer alone while being revered by the townspeople as the epitome of a saintly man. When her husband unexpectedly appears on the scene, revenge becomes the driving force in the plot.


Throughout The Book | Hypocrisy in the Scarlet Letter

Character Dynamics In The Forest Scene of “The Scarlet Letter” Adultery. Does sin occur naturally due to human behavior, or is it a serious offence to society?
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Rationale for Using the Movie: Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter is not easy reading. This film is true to the text and can assist students in their efforts to follow and comprehend the book. The principles of Puritan society are fairly represented in the film, thus enabling students to understand the principles by which early American villagers lived.