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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,004 words
    The 19th century had many great achievements happen within its 100-year time period. From the building of the Erie Canal, to the steel plow being invented. From the invention of the telegraph, to Thomas Edison creating the first light bulb. While all of these inventions have stood the test of time, one has lasted just as long; the inspiring tales a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804. His name by birth was Nathaniel Hawthorne. He added the w to his name when he began to sign his stories. (Nathaniel Hawthorne American Writers II) One of Hawthornes ancestors was actually a judge in the Salem witch trials. The guilt and shame Hawth ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,490 words
    Nathaniel Hawthornes works established him as one of the most unique authors of the 19th century. With works such as The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne not only entertained his audience, he made them look at their own life and compare it to 17th century Puritan New England. He also brought readers to the realization of how harsh and difficult the period of American History was. Hawthornes unique style of writing and his ability to probe deep into the human conscience made him one of Early Americas most greatly admired authors. The Hawthornes had already left their legacy with the town of Salem leaving Nathaniel Hawthorne a long rich history of ancestry in the town. In 1630, William Hawthorne made ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,428 words
    ... s House. After leaving the Customs House, Hawthorne published the novel The Scarlet Letter. In the introduction to the novel, Hawthorne dedicated two paragraphs to express his contempt of the town of Salem. Although this angered many Salemites, the book became very popular, even with many Salemites. According to John Clendenning, The novel is controlled by a single idea the suffering that results from sin(114). In the book, Hawthorne reveals that in Puritan New England, a sinner was not necessarily physically isolated, but socially isolated. This isolation led to the suffering of Hester Prynne. This romance can be easily felt by its audience as well as understood. We sympathize with Hes ...
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  • Hawthorne Studies - 418 words
    One of Elton Mayos major involvements in direct observation was in the famed Western Electric researches, conducted at the companys Hawthorne Plant near Chicago, which ran from 1927 to 1932. (80) The work of Mayo and his associates had been preceded by a series of experiments conducted by engineers at Western Electric concerning the effect of the degree of illumination on worker productivity. (81) In the first of these experiments, three departments were exposed to different levels of lighting. The results were inconsistent. In one department, output fluctuated with no direct relationship to the intensity of illumination. In the second department, output remained relatively stable over the p ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - 680 words
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, created many short stories which involved strange, or even stranger, supernatural events and behavior. Many of Hawthorne's stories were written on the basis of his life occurrences and what he believed and also what he wanted his readers to believe. Also, almost every single one of Hawthorne's characters in each of his short stories are faced with a choice in which they most choose between either doing something in which that is right, or doing something of which that is wrong, and there are consequences that follow either decision. Nathaniel Hawthorne, in his romantic short story "The Hollow of the Three Hills" illustrates his view through the main character, that life ...
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  • An Analysis On Hawthorne - 825 words
    Although many readers may say Hawthorne's writing is difficult to understand, the descriptions of the characters and settings are vividly depicted through the use of allegory, and his many instances of symbolism throughout his stories. "Young Goodman Brown" is an excellent example how allegory is shown through the writing of Nathanial Hawthorne. The story's beginning shows Goodman Brown as he bids farewell to his young wife, Faith, before running an errand into the forest. From that beginning of the story, you know his errand had an immoral purpose, which is shown in the following quote, "With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on ...
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  • Hawthorne - 853 words
    Valuable Lessons Learned through the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne Throughout his works, Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbolism to present a certain theme that pertains to human nature and life. In his works, The Scarlet Letter and The Ministers Black Veil, Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a common theme pertaining to religion: Though manifested sin will ostracize one from society, unconfessed sin will destroy the soul. However, in his short story, The Birthmark, the author uses symbolism to present a theme that pertains to nature instead of religion. In this work, Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a theme that nature is perfect and should not be tampered with by mankind. The central the ...
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  • Linda Brent And Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,487 words
    Understanding History for Hawthorne and Brent Knowing and understanding social, political, and cultural history is extremely important when reading many novels, especially Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent and any short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both of these authors had many extinuating circumstances surrounding their writings that should be noted before reading their works. Without knowing what was happening both in the outside world and in the respected author's life, one cannot truly grasp what the author is trying to say or what the author truly means by what he or she is saying. In this paper, I will show how important it is for the reader to understand t ...
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  • Henry Hawthorne - 1,202 words
    Was born in Portland Maine February 27th 1807 in an old square wooden house, upon the edge of the sea. He entered Bowdoin College, where in due time he was graduated in the class with Hawthorne, in 1825. He wrote verses at this time for the United States Literary Gazette printed at Boston.For a short time after leaving college, he studied law in the office of his father the Hon. Stephen Longfellow; but soon fell into the mode of life he has since pursued as a scholar by the appointment to a Professorship of Modern Languages in his college to accomplish himself for which he travelled abroad in 1826 making the usual tour of the continent including Spain. He was absent three years on his return ...
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  • Beethoven, Dali, Freud, Hawthorne, Radiohead, Rage - 1,222 words
    ote: a "vocabulary" essay "Children are completely egoistic..." - Sigmund Freud He awoke for the third time that morning, or that afternoon, only to open his eyes to the small basement window, which, once again, beheld a motionless picture of sadness between its corners. His mother, the woman who had left him a trail of messages scrawled on sticky notes before she drove to work, had told him fall would come quickly this year. He crawled out of bed, leaving it in a state of unrest, and approached the door, watching his feet as if he was a newborn still learning to walk. He moved the doorknob slowly, not to avoid disturbing his family, for there was no one home, but to avoid disturbing his tho ...
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  • Analysis Of Hawthorne's Introduction To The Scarlet Letter - 706 words
    In the "Custom House," written as an introduction to The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne gives an autobiographical description of his life and times. The detailed descriptions of the scenes and people not only prepare the reader for the author's style, but also aim at recreating the author's past. The preface concentrates on the author's period of service at the Custom House during which time he came into contact with several people and had the opportunity to study human behavior. The description of his co- employees and others shows the author's deft hand at characterization, which is revealed during the novel. Further, the preface serves the purpose of giving a background to the novel and introd ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's Character Hester Pyrnne In "the Scarlet Letter" - 500 words
    In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne undergoes both physical and emotional revelations. Hester is directly affected by the consequences of breaking moral and social codes of behavior. The novel is a story of a young woman who commits adultery, and stays strong when the community harasses her. She will not reveal the identity of her daughter Pearl's father. In the end of the novel, Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl's father, reveals to the townspeople that he is an unworthy minister for committing such a sin. In the beginning of the novel, Hester is portrayed as a young and elegantly beautiful mother who is being punished for a horrid sin. The townspeople thin ...
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  • In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Does Pearl Have Preternatural Knowledge Of The Symbolism Of The Letter And What The Characters Truly Represent? - 1,687 words
    Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a novel about the guilt of sin in a Puritanical society and how sometimes it is better to face your mistakes and admit them than to hide them and suffer inside. The result of sin can often produce something beautiful. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale are the sinners in this book. They commit adultery and bring a child into the world. That child is Pearl. Pearl is a beautiful and stunning girl. Everywhere she goes the attention is on her. There is nothing sinful about her except that she was bred from sin. Puritan society considers adultery a serious charge. It was easy for Hester to be labeled as an adulterer because she was pregnant without a h ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's Symbols In "the House Of Seven Gables" - 1,330 words
    American Literature reflects life, and the struggles that we face during our existence. The great authors of our time incorporate life's problems into their literature directly and indirectly. The stories themselves bluntly tell us a story, however, an author also uses symbols to relay to us his message in a more subtle manner. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The House of Seven Gable's symbolism is eloquently used to enhance the story being told, by giving us a deeper insight into the author's intentions in writing the story. The book begins by describing the most obvious symbol of the house itself. The house itself takes on human like characteristics as it is being described by Hawthorne in t ...
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  • The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,113 words
    Between Hawthorne's earlier and his later productions there is no solution of literary continuity, but only increased growth and grasp. Rappaccini's Daughter, Young Goodman Brown, Peter Goldthwaite's Treasure, and The Artist of the Beautiful, on the one side, are the promise which is fulfilled in The Scarlet Letter and the House of The Seven Gables, on the other; though we should hardly have understood the promise had not the fulfillment explained it. The shorter pieces have a lyrical quality, but the longer romances express more than a mere combination of lyrics; they have a rich, multifarious life of their own. The material is so wrought as to become incidental to something loftier and gre ...
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  • The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,106 words
    ... But Prynne, himself delaying to adjust certain affairs, sends his young, beautiful, wealthy wife in advance to assume her station in the pioneer settlement. In the wild, free air of that new world her spirits kindled, and many unsuspected tendencies of her impulsive and passionate nature were revealed to her. The "rich, voluptuous, Oriental characteristics" of her temperament, her ardent love of beauty, her strong intellectual fibre, and her native energy and capacity, -- such elements needed a strong and wise hand to curb and guide them, scarcely disguised as they were by the light and graceful foliage of her innocent, womanly charm. Being left, however, for two years "to her own misgui ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of Hawthorne's "minister's Black Veil" - 662 words
    In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Ministers Black Veil, Hawthorne advances the theme of secret sin by using Mr. Hooper, the main character. In the opening scene of this story Mr. Hooper, a thirty year old minister, wore a black veil on his face which hid his facial features and expressions. Although his congregation was alarmed by the veil, they were in some ways drawn closer to Mr. Hooper out of mystery. As Mr. Hooper preached about secret sin, the congregation felt that he was talking about each one of them individually and that he knew the secrets that they were holding from the world. Throughout the story many people tried to convince Mr. Hooper to take the veil off but he simply denied their ...
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  • Hawthorne Depicts Guilt In The Scarlet Letter - 991 words
    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne paints a picture of two equally guilty sinners, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale, and shows how both characters deal with their different forms of punishment and feelings of remorse for what they have done. Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale are both guilty of adultery, but have altered ways of performing penance for their actions. While Hester must pay for her sins under the watchful eye of the world around her, Reverend Dimmesdale must endure the heavy weight of his guilt in secret. It may seem easier for Reverend Dimmesdale to live his daily life since he is not surrounded by people who shun him as Hester is shunned, but in the end Reveren ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of Hawthorne's "young Goodman Brown" - 1,242 words
    "Young Goodman Brown", by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. "Young Goodman Brown" is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In "Young Goodman Brown", Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community after he meets with the devil, and causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community. "Young Goodman Brown" begins when Faith, Brown's wife, asks him not to go on an "errand". Goodman Brown says to his "love and (my) Faith" that "this one night I must tarry away from thee." When he says his "love" and his "Faith", he is talking to his wife, but he is ...
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  • Comparing The Writing Of Hawthorne And Melville - 609 words
    But the point which drew all eyeswas that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. (Hawthorne, 2000, 12) The author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville, goes to great lengths to show that the color white is everything, including the greatest Evil embodied in Moby Dick. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, emphasizes how Hester is the outcast from society and forced to live on the fringes, on the boundary between the town and the woods the border of good and evil. Both authors use symbols to develop the effects of evil on society. Melville paints the white of Moby Dick as a symbol of the worlds evils to Ahab. (Roberts, 1966, 43) Moby Dick and A ...
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