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Learning Activities Related to Literary Links between Hawthorne and Melville

"A Tanglewood Tale," a play about the relationship between Hawthorne and Melville in the Berkshires by Juliane and Stephen Glantz
"A Tanglewood Tale," a play about the relationship between Hawthorne and Melville in the Berkshires by Juliane and Stephen Glantz (courtesy of Shakespeare and Company)
 
1.) Students studying The Blithedale Romance can view these images of fabric pastorals from the Peabody-Essex Museum and respond to the questions that follow:

Questions related to these fabric pastorals:

    a.) Make connections between the scenes depicted and the name "Blithedale" (meaning Happy Valley).
    b.) List ways the pastorals contrast with the Blithedale revealed in the novel.
    c.) Explain the extent to which the images and the novel demonstrate Romantic views of nature.

2.) Students studying Melville's Moby-Dick or another of his works and any Hawthorne work can view the image of actors portraying the two authors in A Tanglewood Tale as they celebrate the publication of Moby-Dick at the Curtis Hotel in Lenox in 1851 and respond to the following:

    a.) Construct a dialogue between the authors that fits the occasion portrayed in the image, including reference to Melville's dedication of Moby-Dick to Hawthorne.
    b.) Write comparisons and contrasts between the physical appearances of the two actors, and comment on the extent to which they match other sources on the authors' characteristic looks, attitudes, and/or mannerisms.
    c.) List as many observable items as possible that would differ between the present time and 1851, clarifying what would likely appear in a recent photograph of contemporary authors as they celebrate a publication.

3.) Students studying Moby-Dick can view images of Peabody-Essex Museum whaling artifacts listed below and locate specific passages in the novel where there are references or descriptions that connect with them.



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