An Analysis of the Prologue to Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

1278 Words5 Pages
In his lengthy prologue to The Scarlet Letter entitled "The Custom House", Nathaniel Hawthorne warned the reader to beware of the noxious effects of "Uncle Sam's gold". Although the terms for monetary compensation may have changed at the outset of the 21st century, the central concept that Hawthorne discussed during his 19th century manuscript is certainly valid. Commercial success and an influx of money have a negative effect on popular music that once resonated with people and contributed to larger social movements. The three primary deleterious effects of commercial success and money on popular music are that they detract from the overriding social movements such music represents, they shift the focus from artistry to monetary results, and they foster a degree of complacency in life that only an abundance of money can produce. Almost all of the various forms of music that garnered commercial success in the United States in the 20th century began as representing a countercultural movement. Such was the case with the rock and roll movement of the 1960's that took place and which was the voice and spirit of rebellion that was the culmination of many different areas of social unrest related to the Vietnam War to a newfound sense of women's rights. Young people throughout the country were no longer satisfied with attempting to live like their parents and forefathers did; they wanted to experiment with finding a new way of life not based on capitalism. This idea was

More about An Analysis of the Prologue to Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

Open Document