The custom house we start off with a little direct address from our narrator he's telling us about a fictional three-year experience working in the custom house (a building where people documented goods for import and export) in salem, massachusetts okay, maybe not so fictional: hawthorne really did work for the salem. He finds an old package in the office of the custom house a red cloth in the shape of a letter “a” is in the box a scroll explains that the letter was worn by hester prynne the narrator begins to retell the story of hester and the scarlet letter. Preliminary suggestion is to have students skip “the custom house,” even though it is subtitled “an introductory to the scarlet letter,” and proceed directly to reading the novel itself overview synopsis the story takes place in the puritan village of boston, massachusetts, during the first half of the 17th century. This video provides a brief biography of nathaniel hawthorne followed by a summary and analysis of the introduction to the scarlet letter, -the custom house. A summary of the custom-house: introductory in nathaniel hawthorne's the scarlet letter learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of the scarlet letter and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
Elmer kennedy-andrews remarks that hawthorne in the custom-house sets the context for his story and tells us about 'romance', which is his preferred generic term to describe the scarlet letter, as his subtitle for the book – 'a romance' – would indicate in this introduction, hawthorne describes a space between. As she walks, she recalls her past: born to a house of antique gentility in europe , married to a physically misshapen scholar, taken first by her husband to amsterdam and then sent to america she cannot believe that she is really suffering such shame she never imagined that she would be the mother of an illegitimate. Over the entrance hovers an enormous specimen of the american eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast this was how nathaniel hawthorne described the eagle perched on the edge of the salem custom house in the custom house, the introduction to his masterpiece, the scarlet.
The custom-house introductory to 'the scarlet letter' summary - the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne the custom-house introductory summary and analysis. She will not reveal her lover's identity, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy (summary adapted from wikipedia for librivox) portrait of nathaniel hawthorne, author of the scarlet letter, painted by charles osgood # 00a – the custom-house, pt 1. Plot summary the scarlet letter begins with a preface of the novel's beginning in salem, massachusetts with an unknown surveyor of the customhouse this surveyor (who is hawthorne) accidentally discovers a scarlet cloth with gold embroidery in the shape of an a among a pile of manuscripts the manuscripts.
In the chapter “the custom house”, he dimly mirrors nathaniel hawthorne, serving as the chief executive officer at the salem custom house who is the restless and bored character that discovers an old manuscript and a badge with the scarlet letter “a” thus, the story of the scarlet letter takes place and. Why should you care about the custom house in nathaniel hawthorneâ€™s the scarlet letter we have the answers here, in a quick and easy way.
Plot summary by michael j cummings© 2004, 2008 introductory chapter preceding the plot of the scarlet letter is an essay called the custom-house in it, narrator says he found a mysterious package dating back two centuries on the second floor of the salem custom-house, where he worked as surveyor. It is true that the custom house is an autobiographical short story in itself, where hawthorne looks back in time and narrates some of his memories however, this introduction adds substance to the scarlet letter by providing a framework within which the reader will see an old story unfold under the perspective of the. Hawthorne never found a scarlet letter at the customs house, so i am not sure what he told people who asked to see it he simply used this literary device to make his story seem more authentic, just as he incorporated real people (such as governor bellingham and the accused witch anne hibbens) into. Hawthorne writing style, free study guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography the concept of neutral ground was most evident in the custom house section of the scarlet letter and served as the area in which romance took place (magill: 1 1569.
Included is a 30 page powerpoint covering all facets of nathaniel hawthorne's great american novel, the scarlet letter subjects covered include themes, symbols, hawthorne and the customhouse, and a complete summary of each chapter with quick discussion points this powerpoint leads every day's discussion for. The scarlet letter study guide contains a biography of nathaniel hawthorne, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
'the custom house' serves as a very long introduction to nathaniel hawthorne's ' 'the scarlet letter'' 'the custom house' gives hawthorne a chance. She refuses to name her lover, and he too keeps his silence, but with a terrible cost the tale is prefaced with an account of the salem custom-house where nathaniel hawthorne was working when he began writing the scarlet letter summary by cori samuel genre(s): literary fiction language: english. The scarlet letter author: nathanial hawthorne performer: mary woods text: project gutenberg audio engineer: warren smith production: verkarocom funding: this production made possible by the generous support of gordon w draper, lois and will yeats, theresa mahoney and todd fadoir mp3 downloads. Free introductory summary of the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne get a detailed summary and analysis of every chapter in the book from bookragscom the custom house begins with a description of the physical building, located in salem, massachusetts, which is old and weather-beaten on the outside.