The Scarlet Letter: Redemption or Egotistical

Here are the instructions one more time:
Your assignment is to write an essay in which you will examine a passage from the novel and then answer a question. Before I tell you the question, I want you to know that you MUST pick only one of the 2 given questions. You CANNOT take both sides. Doing so takes away from the validity and credibility of your argument.
Okay, now that we have that settled, here’s the question: in the passage attached, is this Dimmesdale’s grand redemptive moment or his grand egotistical moment? That’s it! Pick one or the other.
So how do you do this? Well, you must reread the excerpt attached from Dimmesdale’s farewell speech in Chapter 23. Then, in a well-developed essay of at least 4 paragraphs, answer the question that you have chosen. You might consider looking up the word “redemptive” or “egotistical” just to get a proper perspective of the direction of your essay. DO NOT DEFINE THESE WORDS IN YOUR ESSAY, but make sure you have a working knowledge of the word.
You may include anything in the entire novel that helps you to prove that Dimmesdale’s farewell speech is either his long-awaited moment of redemption or a big show of ego. You must use 2 quotes in your paper: 1 from the excerpt below and 1 from somewhere else in the novel. By “quote,” I do not mean that you have to quote something in quotation marks in the book. That would limit you to dialogue between characters. By “quote,” I mean you may use anything said by the narrator or the characters. Make sure that your quote is relevant to what you’re discussing in that paragraph. No credit will be given for random quotes thrown in.
You MUST document the novel at the end of your paper on a separate Works Cited page, and you must include in-text citations. (Hawthorne 132). That is the author’s last name and page number that the quote was from.
You will only have 1 entry on the Works Cited page – The Scarlet Letter.
This is a formal essay, written in MLA format. That means a heading, page numbers, a title . . . all those details that go into an MLA paper.
Introduction: 5 sentences – An introduction has three parts: hook, intro to topic (Begin generally talking about the novel –include author’s name and book title in italics– the time period, Puritans, etc. and then narrow down to the characters), and then to your thesis statement which should be the last sentence of your introduction. AVOID 1ST PERSON!!!!! Remember that a thesis is one sentence and it should include your side of the argument and your two reasons.
Body: 2 paragraphs where you analyze and discuss your response to the question. At the very minimum, each paragraph should be 5 sentences. There should be a claim (from thesis), evidence, and explanation. –The explanation should connect back to the thesis fully.
Conclusion: 3-5 sentences. Reference your intro, include a closing statement (on topic), and then restate thesis. Think about going from specific to general. A closing statement is a “big picture”-type statement. Not necessarily one that teaches a moral, but something that the reader can ponder.