I’m a great writer, but how do I write better stories.
I like to think of myself as a very good writer. I’m in my senior year in high school and I’ve always excelled in English, mainly in writing. I want to be a story teller though. I want to evoke happiness, sadness, despair, ecstasy, and laughter from people with what I write... And I wouldn’t mind some…
I find it amusing that you describe yourself as a great writer when you are what … 17?Great writers are Cervantes, Hemingway, Faulkner, Cormac Mc Carthy, Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Poe, Fitzgerald, Dickens, Shakespeare, James Joyce, Maya Angelou, Frank Mc Court, Twain, O Henry, Kate Chopin and many more.And they have one thing in common. They didn’t have to go to forums to ask people to help them come up with plots for stories. Why? Because they lived … they had more than 17 years worth of experience to back them up. They got out in the world and did things – Hemingway climbed mountains and drove ambulances in the first World War. All of them had a lot of life experience to back them up.For now, write about what you know. That is not to say you are limited to only the experiences of the world around you. It is possible to research and write about what you learn, too.You have to cut your teeth on short stories and grow up and mature into someone who can evoke those kind of emotions from people.If you have trouble with organization, the issue is focus and you need to outline. You need to realize that a lot goes into the preparation for writing a book. I recently read a wonderful novel called The Fig Eater. The author spent NINE MONTHS researching before she wrote a single word. She researched turn of the century Vienna until she was able to write about it as though she was there at the time. She also did amazing character studies and knew her characters intimately. All of that comes before writing a story.As a great author once said. Writing is easy- you just sit down in front of a keyboard and open a vein. Lower your expectations for a while, hon. You aren’t “great” yet.Did you drive the Indy 500 the day you got your license? Do you play Carnegie Hall the first time you sit down at a piano? No… It takes years of experience and practice to achieve such goals.Work on being great, but realize that you have a long way to go before your name goes in the list above. Be honest with yourself, you know that is the truth.—-They’re, Their, There – Three Different Words.Careful or you may wind up in my next novel.Pax – C
is there an easy to read Scarlet letter book.
I want a book that translates Hawthorne into modern english. i have to read the book for english and i hate the way hawthorne writes so i bought a sparknotes guide, but its not really helping. does anyone know a good website to get a modern transation of the book or a book version translation? Thanks!!!
Yes there is. It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in modern English. Isn’t that a surprise? No modern translation is needed. There is nothing wrong with the way Hawthorne writes. In fact, it is almost Puritanical in how straight forward and simple he wrote. If your teacher told you to read Hawthorne, then read Hawthorne. I taught Hawthorne many times and I have never heard anyone ask for a “modern translation.”Pax – C
Sexism in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne…..
I’m writing an analytical essay on The Scarlet Letter. I want to discuss sexism but I’m having a hard time collecting evidence (from the book) that illustrates the sexist mentality of the Puritan society Hester lives in. If you’re familiar with the novel, tell me how you think sexism is portrayed in…
I would start with attitudes towards female sexuality. Hester is expected to wait for her husband for years without any word and have no sexual desires. Notice how all of Dimsdale’s suffering is self inflicted and internal, while the community rises up against Hester. Now obviously, the community doesn’t know of Dimsdale’s crime, but I would guess that they might reject him as a pastor, but they would not sew a scarlet letter to his chest and isolate him.I think Hawthorne wrote this piece primarily in a rebuttal against Puritanical ideas of sexuality, not sexism, but certainly Hester is being punished for being a female who expressed sexual desire. (if you know the story of Lilith that’s a great point for comparison.)
What would be a good personal reaction to the book ‘The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I’ve been working on the essay paper and am stuck on what to write. If you have read the book what would you say if you were asked to do a personal reaction?
i had to write a paper on this novel last year and the prompt was to identify a theme, which is similar to a personal reaction.i wrote a 7 page essay about the effects of public opinion.in the scarlet letter, hawthorne demonstrates the influence that public opinion has on an individual as various characters in the book allow it to consume their lives. Take, for instance, Hester, who endures the suffering the community imposes for her sin while Dimmesdale imposes his own suffering because he cannot bear to reveal his sin to the community. Chillingworht hides behind a coat of deceit as he refuses to reveal his true identity due to what the public may think. Pearl’s isolation from Puritan society and the mocking of the kids leads to a detachment and aggressive behavior on her part. This is all because the characters constantly ALLOW public opinion to dig their claws into their lives and torment them.you can relate this to modern society by mentioning how at school kids care about what other kids wear, and who they hang out with as well as many other things. And these kids allow that to affect their performance and happiness at school. The opinions of others should not be allowed to consume anyone’s lives. It should only be used for beneficial reasons.Hawthrone teaches us not to let the opinion of others influence our lives as he demonstrates the negative affects this causes through the characters. the scarlet letter ultimately demonstrates that public opinion is not the most important opinion. what matters most is one’s own opinion.if u have further questions or need examples/ quotes from the book to back this up, i may be able to help.just add me or something.
Can any of you help me with my essay on The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I have to write an essay this summer for ap english. I’m supposed to “show how Hawthorne makes specific use of his characters for establishing, revealing, controlling and, if present, resolving conflicts of human nature and society, for example, the conflict between worshipping nature or a god or making…
Have you read the book because that might answer many of your questions?The book is about the conflict of religious ideation of women being chaste before marriage and a “man of the cloth” also being chaste outside of marriage. The conflict is that she is punished not him, by the double standard of the “times.” Worse, he is part of the system that condemns her to the “A” for her sexuality.The conflicts of nature are the natural sexual urges of human beings verses the rules of society. Society would want both of them to be married to each other before have an intimate, sexual relationship.You have grown up in a society, predicated from the 1960’s era of “free love”, that having sexual relations and even children outside of the bounds of marriage is acceptible. However, in the time of this book not only have sex but bearing children was considered a social ill that the women was punished for, as well as the child “label illegitinate.”Read the book, especially the end, for the resolution to this conflict of morality verses human sexual needs.
what book do you like.
which book do you like the best from this list and why? also… about how many does it have?… if you have read any of these books on the list that you hated please tell me that too!!! thanks! 1) treasure island by robert louis stevenson 2)the once and future king by t.h. white 3) april morning by howard…
I’ve never read 1 2 3 or 4. I’ve never read I Am The Cheese by Cormier, but I have read another one of his books, The Chocolate War, and it is easily one of my all-time favorites; great teenage angst stuff. And Then There Were None is one of the most brilliantly written mystery novels, like all Agatha Christie books. I’ve never read the book Rebecca, but I love the film by Alfred Hitchcock. Never read 8 or 9, and I HATED The Red Badge of Courage…boring and dull. Never read 11 or 12, though Pygmalion has several adaptations, including My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman. I’ve heard great things about 13 and 14, though never read them myself, never heard of 15 or 16, and both 17 and 18 are classic “chick flick” books
HOW to CITE quotes from a book.
I have wrote an essay about The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (book version: Batam Classic edition / November 1986), and I need to cite the quotes which I have used in my essay in MLA format.The thing is, I don’t know how,where do I state the author’s name, the quote , the book’s version…
Here’s How this is the best site ever Follow these steps and you will achieve your goal :)1. Go to http://www.easybib.com2.Then click ”Click here to select a source”3. You will see many categories, under popular choose book and it would be the first one.4. You will see alot of blanks just fill them in or Put in the ISB number and autocite it.5. After your done click create citation and you are done just write down what it says as cited.
Nataniel Hawthorne inspiration to write The Scarlet Letter.
I am writing a piece on Nathaniel Hawthorne. I am trying to figure out how his novel, The Scarlet Letter correlates with his personal life. What in his life inspired him to write that novel?
did you check any biographies about him or check sparknotes.com? I like that website because it doesn’t just tell you about the book, but for most authors it has a background or history available
writing style of the scarlet letter used by nathaniel hawthorne.
yeah thats pretty much it.the writing style of nathaniel hawthorne in the scarlet letter?and quotes supporting that if you have time/want to?thank you soooo much.and its not like im not reading the book and asking you to do my homework for me. i have to fill out alot of crap on it so i would be pretty…
A bit lengthy, but gleam out what you need.NarratorOne of the most obvious problems when discussing The Scarlet Letter is determining the identity of the narrator. This difficulty is clearly intentional. In the second paragraph of “The Custom-House,” Hawthorne claims that he is merely “explaining how a large portion of the following pages came into [his] possession,” hoping to offer “proofs of the authenticity of a narrative therein contained.” Hawthorne proclaims himself only an editor, “or very little more.” Yet later he states that “I have allowed myself nearly or altogether as much license as if the facts had been entirely of my own invention,” and all he is willing to verify is “the authenticity of the outline.” Thus Hawthorne’s characteristic use of ambiguity is both a central theme and a central technique of the novel.SymbolismThe Scarlet Letter is rich with symbols; in fact, it is largely regarded as the first symbolic novel in America. A symbol is, like a metaphor, something that stands for, or represents, something else: an object, a person, even an idea. But the term “symbol” is used to describe a substitution with more power, or profound meaning, for which the term “metaphor” is inadequate. Of course, the scarlet letter itself is the principal symbol in the novel, but there are many others. In the first chapter the wild rosebush symbolizes dissent in its reference to the historical figure Anne Hutchinson, who led a group of religious dissenters in colonial Massachusetts. It also symbolizes Hester and even anticipates the scarlet letter that she wears. Individuals in the novel can also be understood as symbols. For instance, Arthur Dimmesdale, with all of his profound pain and suffering, is symbolic of the high value of truth and the irony of its unattainability.SettingAnother of Hawthorne’s techniques, one that so effectively immerses us in the atmosphere of his story, is his use of setting. The entire novel takes place in and around the small colonial town of Boston, Massachusetts. As Hawthorne describes it, the town is situated precariously between the sea and the great “wilderness” of unsettled America. What lies outside the town is a “black forest,” strongly symbolic of moral absence and evil. Thus the narrator describes a “footpath” that straggled onward into the “mystery of the primeval forest. This [forest] hemmed it in so narrowly, and stood so black and dense on either side that, to Hester’s mind, it imaged not amiss the moral wilderness in which she had so long been wandering.” Here we see an almost claustrophobic pressure being evoked, which alludes to not only Hester but also the community of which she is a part, always facing the possibility of moral failure.As seen above, Hawthorne uses color adeptly in his description of settings. Besides the black wilderness there is the gray of the village and its inhabitants, who, as the narrator describes, “seemed never to have known a youthful era.” Even though it was in fact a young settlement, the town jail “was already marked with weather stains and other indications of age, which gave a yet darker aspect to its gloomy front.” In fact, it is precisely the dark and gloomy depiction of the town that helps to provide a tension with the forest, as if the town were already much like the forest and therefore more liable to be absorbed by its influence.AmbiguityWhile the importance of ambiguity as a theme has already been emphasized, it must still be described as one of Hawthorne’s most important techniques. Repeatedly, where the reader expects to be given sure information, Hawthorne qualifies and withdraws assurance to the point that the reader is often left frustrated. In chapter sixteen even the small forest brook by which Hester discards the scarlet letter threatens Hawthorne’s narration with the disclosure of meaning, and so, the surrounding “giant trees and boulders of granite seemed intent on making a mystery of the course of this small brook; fearing perhaps, that, with its never-ceasing loquacity, it should whisper tales out of the heart of the old forest whence it flowed, or mirror its revelations on the smooth surface of a pool.” Hawthorne renders this beautiful passage to remind the reader, seemingly at every turn, that meaning, or truth, will be profoundly difficult to uncover.
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