Essay Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s hatred of Puritanism was so big that he described in many of his writing such as The Scarlet Letter and The Minster Black Veil. He usually satirized them as evildoers and sin creators, not holy and Christ zealous as they described themselves. Hawthorne also used the effects of mysterious human mind and spontaneous action to describe the Puritan as satanic worship and God disobedience. In result, his writing reflected much of his Puritan ancestry affections. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804. His father named Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sr. who died in the shipwreck and his mother, Elizabeth Manning Hawthorne, who remained a widow. In 1825, Hawthorne graduated from Bowdoin College and…show more content…
His lack of affection for Elizabeth and his rejection for the community exposed him as selfish soul, fear of women, and a socialist (Coale).
Nathaniel Hawthorne used the black veil as the symbol of the mystery for many readers and critics. The veil represented an artistic symbol and a hidden “ultimate meaning.” The “ultimate meaning” was the dark side of human feeling and deep emotion. It may emerge as the great power to dominate man’s feeling and their limits. When the power rose more powerful, it became the great fear and hopelessness (Freedman).
The veil also used as concealment for the mysterious truth and the protection of the ugly truth. The veil was a symbolic disguise for the corruption of human's mind and conscience. It covered Hooper's sinful nature and revealed Hooper as a terrorist and a horrified preacher. The veil suggested to the readers a sense of curiosity and the possibility of abnormal complex of human mind (Coale, Freedman, and Mellow). Hawthorne continued his writing career with the most successful classic, The Scarlet Letter in 1850. The story was about love, judgment, and condemnation of the Puritan society. Hester Prynne, a young beautiful woman who was accused of adultery and had to face her sin to cover for her husband, Dimmesdale. The Scarlet Letter was a tragic love story because it involved a man’s sin. It also suggested to the readers that men did thing spontaneously without logical

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