The Blithedale experiment represented an admirable attempt to create a utopian society. The goal was to create an agrarian culture without class boundaries, competition or possibly even gender roles. Unfortunately, this experiment failed due to certain characteristics of the primary Blithedalers. Coverdale, Hollingsworth, and Zenobia possessed traits that impeded progression toward a utopian society.Their flaws were various but all led to the downfall of the Blithedale Farm experiment: Coverdale 's aloofness, Hollingsworth 's selfishness, Zenobia 's pride, problematic attitudes and hidden agendas.
Coverdale serves as the narrarator, which is fitting since he appears to prefer watching the community as opposed to participating. He keeps the members in the Blithedale at arm 's length, constantly distancing them from himself. *dreaminess/unrealistic *problematic attitude/contradictory: wants to create a utopian society and abolish gender roles, yet he thinks less of Zenobia as a woman when discovering she cannot cook well
Coverdale is a very fluid character, as opposed to the extremely rigid and iron-willed traits of Hollingsworth. Where Coverdale may "lack a purpose", Hollingsworth remains ever intent upon his goal (Hawthorne 246). Hollingsworth also had a tendency to be selfish, and to use people for his own personal gain. When he and Coverdale beca...
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...y to become to him what you say" (Hawthorne, 102) *Their disagreements intensify the next day when Hollingsworth and Coverdale discuss their hopes for the future of Blithedale. They disagree so thoroughly that Coverdale renounces Hollingsworth and effectively ends their friendship.
Conclusion: Everyone in the novel
who started out with a friendly demeanor towards one another, by the end of the
novel and the fictional experiment, are on uncertain and unfriendly terms, as
exemplified by the final meeting between Hollingsworth and Coverdale (Hawthorne
"[o]n the whole ... was a society such as has seldom
met together; nor, perhaps, could it reasonably expect to hold together for long (63).
"But to own the truth, I very soon became sensible, that, as
regarded society at large, we stood in a position of new hostility, rather than new
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