Name Professor Course Date The Birth-Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s To a large extent Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to reinforce and bring out his theme. He makes it very clear from the beginning of the story that the birthmark is essentially a symbol; representing his main theme. A part from symbolism he uses various archetypes within the story to bring out his implied theme. Therefore this paper literary analysis of the story with keen focus on symbolism and imagery. Consequently the paper also analyses how symbolism has been used to enhance the implied theme by the author. Apparently the story revolves around symbolism. The birthmark represents humanity at large which is subject to flaws. Mankind is inherently imperfect and mortal and this is essentially what it means to be human. Aylmer wants to get rid of his wife’s birthmark as he considers the birthmark on her face unattractive. This symbolizes his Through symbolism the author recognizes the two natures and sides of man and how they can coexist in close proximity in peace. While the birthmark is the major symbol in the story imagery and allegories have been used to enhance the theme as well as the plot. The descriptions given about the rooms are also bringing out the theme effectively and are also enhances symbolism. Through the literary devices the readers are able to follow through the story and thus understand it better and pick the valuable lessons from it. Works Cited Hawthorne Nathaniel and William C. Spengemann. The Portable Hawthorne. New York: Penguin Books 2005. Print. Howard Jeffrey. "Nathaniel Hawthorne's the BIRTH-MARK." Explicator vol. 70 no. 2 Apr. 2012 pp. 133-136. EBSCOhost doi:10.1080/00144940.2012.678414. Marsh Clayton. "Hawthorne's Distillery: Time and Temperance in "The Birth-Mark" and Other Tales." American Literature vol. 88 no. 4 Dec. 2016 pp. 723-753. EBSCOhost doi:10.1215/00029831-3711102. [...]
Essay One Prompt: Choose one of the following short stories below and analyze its symbolism and/or its theme in a 750+ word essay. Some questions to consider include the following (you may answer any or all of these questions: this list is just a guide to help you): 1. What kinds of symbols do you see in your chosen story? 2. Do you see any archetypes at work in your chosen story? 3. What is the theme, either stated or implied, in your chosen story? 4. How does the symbolism of your chosen story reinforce the theme? Hints: For this essay, you need to have an understanding of the basic elements of symbolism and theme. Do not merely summarize the plot: literary criticism is focused on interpretation and analysis, not on regurgitation. Assume that I've read the story. :) Choose one story from this list: 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” 2. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” 3. Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” In addition to your primary source, use at least two (2) secondary (critical) sources—books and/or scholarly journal articles. When you search for books and/or scholarly journal articles, put the title of the story as a subject search. You can also use the words symbolism and theme in your subject search. Include a works cited page entry, as well as parenthetical documentation, for each source. The required rough draft will be due in a dropbox called "Required Rough Draft of Essay One." You'll find this dropbox in the Week Two module of our class. This rough draft will be the basis of the peer editing assignment for Essay One; you'll see this assignment in the Week Three module of our class. Remember that the rough draft of this essay will be due, in a dropbox (also in the Week Three module) marked "Optional Rough Draft Submission," by Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 11:59 p.m if you would like individualized feedback to aid in revising: this is optional. Should you choose to send me your rough draft (again, this is optional), be sure to upload your essay as a Microsoft Word attachment; in addition, be sure to state specifically your concerns (MLA, thesis, fragments -- whatever the case may be): choose up to three concerns to focus on. Upload the final draft of your essay, double-spaced, into the Turnitin dropbox. You'll find the Turnitin dropbox, called Essay One, in the Week Three module of our class. Upload your final draft, including the works cited page -- one file -- as a Microsoft Word attachment. or as a PDF attachment; if you use any other file formats, there's no guarantee that the dropbox will be able to open these formats. Do not use the cut and paste option; otherwise, all formatting will be lost. Instead, use the dropdown menu to choose single file upload. Since MLA is heavily dependent on formatting, the result is that I, as the one grading your paper, will be like a pilot flying blind. If you do use the cut and paste option, against all of my advice, the highest grade your essay will make is a 50. The deadline for submitting the final draft is Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. These directions must be followed; if they are not, your paper will receive zero credit "Bribes" for Essay One: 1. Don't forget about the Askatutor service that the Writing Center provides. Email your essay draft and your specific concerns, MLA and otherwise, to [email protected] This is worth 10 extra points on your Essay One grade. For more information, please click here (this file is also available in the Extra Credit Opportunities module). If you choose this extra credit option, please forward your tutor's response to me in an email in order to earn these extra points. 2. If you submit your final draft to the Turnitin dropbox before Sunday, you'll earn another 10 extra points, to be added to your Essay One grade.