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Transcript of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Family and Early life
He was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was the second of three children to Nathaniel Hathorne and Elizabeth Manning. His father died from of yellow fever on a voyage, so his uncle taught and educated him. Years later he went to bowdoin college to further educate himself on writing.
Tales and legends from a dark past haunted Hawthorne throughout his life.
His grandfather was the judge that oversaw the Salem witch trails that sent
innocent people to their death. This influenced him to write about the dark vision of human nature and the ideal purtian.
How did he perceive nature?
Hawthorne had a strong belief about the Fall of Man and that man's nature is inherently evil. He stuggled with the belief that art was vanity, like so many of the working class around him believed. The Scarlet Letter is his most famous example, but Goodman Brown really proves Hawthorne's obsession with man's evil nature.
His opinion on women writers
Nathaniel Hawthorne thought of women as inferior in the literary aspect of life. He believed
that their work was useless. He also believed that their works pushed out and blocked the ideas of men and blocked financial opportunities as well.
Common themes in his work
Hawthorne's works probe into human nature, especially its darker side. He set many stories
against the somber background of Puritan New England.Unlike most fiction writers of his time, he was not primarily interested in stirring the reader by sentimental effects. Hawthorne called his work "romance" which meant confronting...
reality, rather than evading it. Hawthorne often dealt with the themes of morality, sin, and redemption. Among his early influences were the parables and allagories of John Bunyan and Edmund Spenser.