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Learning Activities Related to the Persecution of Quakers in Hawthorne

Learning Activities Related to the Persecution of Quakers in Hawthorne

George Fox, Quaker from England
George Fox, Quaker from England (courtesy of Dr. John L. Idol, Jr.)
 

1. Students interested in the creative process in general and, more specifically in how Hawthorne employed and transformed historical and familial information to compose the literature he wrote might be interested in re-reading the description of the circumstances that gave rise to old Matthew Maule's curse upon the Pyncheon family , reading the excerpt from the biography of Thomas Maule , and visiting the Maule Genealogy Website . Look also at the introduction to Young Goodman Brown . Then compose and essay in which you speculate on how Hawthorne's mind might have worked to combine these ingredients so that he was able to imagine old Matthew Maule of The House of the Seven Gables and/or consider what elements in your own history and family and present day surroundings might be forged into an engaging tale.


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