“Paradox and Dreams” is based on a realistic outlook on american civilization and the fictional expectations people have for life. He criticises the perspective we have on normal living. and informs us of the true reality and reasoning behind what we look at as normal and realistic. he gives a new look and view on a flawed nation of unreasonable perfectionist. It’s believed Steinbecks criticism stems from The american ability to create false hopes and dreams.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Nina Baym. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2007. Print. Robinson, Lillian S., and Greg Robinson.
Baym, Nina. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. 941.
Then, when the readers are convinced that the England the Puritans left behind was utopian during that era, Hawthorne goes on to describes the Puritan marketplace as “colorless”, “diluted”, and overall boring in comparison to England. This provides a strong contrast, which is necessary to convey Hawthorne’s ultimate message. Also, while describing the beauty of Old England’s celebration, Hawthorne says, “Nor would it have been impractical, in the observance of majestic ceremonies, to combine mirthful recreation with solemnity, and give, as it were, a grotesque and brilliant embroidery to the great robe of state” (lines 10-11). In this way, he combines words, such as “brilliant”, “mirthful”, and “majestic”, with words such as “solemnity”, and “grotesque”, to provide a blatant contrast, enforcing the obvious differences between the two cultures. Through his use of juxtaposition, Hawthorne creates an environment where readers are able to see a more enhanced view of both established cultures, and at
Letter to Richard Woodhouse. 27 Oct. 1818. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume Two The Romantic Period through the Twentieth Century. 5th ed. New York: WW Norton, 1986.