`` The Custom House `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Journal Entry 1: “ The Custom House” Romanticism is the movement in literature that emphasizes inspiration, selfhood, and the authority of the individual. The purpose of “The Custom House” is that it provides the framework for the main idea of The Scarlet Letter and it also describes Hawthorne’s life. The narrator, who shares similar traits with Nathaniel Hawthorne, takes a post as the “chief executive officer,” or surveyor, of the Salem Custom House. The author’s attitude toward his former job is that the building extremely run down and the Custom House serves the small ship traffic going through the port, but it is usually a quiet place requiring only minimal work. Hawthorne describes his fellow workers as elderly and have been working at the Custom House their how lives. The only reason why they are there is through family connections and they repeatedly tell the stories. So, what I take from this is that he did not like his old job, the reason being is that he only speaks negative about everything relating to his former job. Hawthorne addresses the reader directly and it causes an effect by showing that he 's trying to connect with all sorts of people. He describes the letter as “ scarlet, gold-embroidered piece of cloth in the shape of the letter ‘A’.” Which makes me feel that if they put all that time into making it look nice, that there is some type of importance related to it.
Journal Entry 2: Chapter 1-2 The narrator’s attitude toward the Puritans is that

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