A final chapter reveals that Hester leaves the Puritan community for a time but eventually returns to reassume her place and the scarlet letter. Book publication might have established a significant literary reputation.
Bibliography lists 2 additional sources. It also attracted the notice of Elizabeth Peabody, one of the most remarkable American women of the nineteenth century, an active transcendentalist and social reformer, who threw herself fully into any cause she adopted.
The romance is built around a series of scenes in which various characters interact and exemplify the effects of the curse.
In the abandoned plans for The Story Teller, there is more evidence that Hawthorne hoped to develop a literary form much like the short-story cycle that became an important genre in twentieth-century American literature.
Chillingworth uses his position as a respected doctor to prey on the weak minister until Hester finally decides to interfere with his machinations. Although forced to wear the scarlet letter, she redefines its meaning.
Of these, the most important is certainly The Artist of the Beautifulwhich uses the mode of science fiction to provide his fullest exploration of the possibilities and limits of art in the materialistic United States.
Indeed, Hawthorne may have intended that we read these two stories of guilt and self-destruction as ironic counterparts to each other, as parts of the larger study of the American psyche that raises disturbing questions about the meaning and future of American society. Another cousin, the young and vibrant Phoebe Pyncheon, arrives from the country to brighten the household, bring order, and win the attention of the boarder, Holgrave, a daguerreotypist, mesmerist, social radical, and author of stories, who turns out to be a descendent of the wizard Maule.
Although we value this writer for a relatively small part of his literary production—the novels and tales that enlarge our understanding of human history and psychology—a full appreciation of his career demands recognition of the diversity of his talent, which could produce good work in a wide variety of modes, including some no longer popular.
In fact, was the first year in which his literary earnings were sufficient to meet the financial needs of his family, which now included a second daughter, Rose. The years in the Salem Custom House were among the least productive of his adult literary life, but he desperately needed the money that the position provided.
InHawthorne secured an administrative position as measurer of salt and coal in the Boston Custom House, which he held until his resignation in He falls in love with the American art student Miriam, a dark, passionate woman with a secret past that seems to involve some serious but never revealed sin or crime.
Hawthorne returned to the United States in and used some of his savings to have the Wayside enlarged and remodeled. The bulk of the additions, however, simply confirm the portrait of the artist as a pleasant moralist whose occasional lapses into tragedy are counterbalanced by many more genial moments.
By presenting the account of a discovered manuscript that provides the source for the novel, it enables the author to assume the narrative stance of the historian who can present a limited number of known facts along with a wide range of possible interpretations, thus moving the text beyond allegory and single judgments into the multiplicity of interpretations that is central to the symbolic romance.
The romance focuses on the means by which the central characters attempt to redefine themselves after confronting the reality of the sin of adultery. Thus, Hawthorne provides an elaborate treatment of the concept of the Fortunate Fall through the interaction of these four characters as they confront in various ways the reality of human guilt.
Twice-told Tales, a collection of eighteen previously published stories.Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel ‘Scarlet Letter’; set in mid-seventeenth century in a village located in Boston, Massachusetts is a fictional account of the Puritan society.
In it, Hawthorne describes the Puritan. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is famous for presenting some of the greatest interpretive difficulties in all of American literature. While not recognized by Hawthorne himself as his most important work, the novel is regarded not only as his greatest accomplishment, but frequently as the greatest novel in American literary history.
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fits the description of tragic hero by Aristotle standards. Bibliography lists one source. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter, believes that every man is innately good and Hawthorne shows that everyone has a natural good side by Hester’s complex character, Chillingworth’s actions .Download