Lesson Plan

Hawthorne: Author and Narrator

Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne.

In fiction, the first-person narrator is usually distinct from the author. Understanding the differences, subtle or pronounced, between an author and the narrator he or she creates is essential to understanding a work of fiction.

Guiding Questions

No Guiding Questions

Learning Objectives

To recognize the difference between a narrator and an author

To explore the impact of an author's personal history on his or her creative life, particularly in the context of American society.