Hawthorne's Writing: The Writing Style Of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A writer’s style is a combination of thousands of factors that abet a writer to create a unique meaning for each and every word they use; moreover, they invent the relationships and patterns found between these words. Every author has an unique writing style. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s was relative to what he was passionate about. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing style is reflective of his Puritan beliefs as indicated through his personal life and family background; his style is also indicative of the fact that his relationship with his wife was less than ideal; furthermore, these ideas are evident in “The Birthmark”, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, and “Young Goodman Brown”. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestral connection to the Salem Witch Trials influenced his writing style. His ancestor was one of the judges that sentenced innocent women to death. This idea, of his ancestors sentencing innocent women to death, struck a deep meaning with Hawthorne and made him change from Hathorne to Hawthorne so he could distance himself from that event in history. The whole controversy over the witch trials deeply affected Hawthorne and is evident in his short stories. For example, in “The Minister’s Black Veil”, "But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself. The black veil, though it covers only our pastor's face, throws its influence over his whole person, and makes him ghostlike from head to foot. Do you not feel it so?" (“The Minister’s Black Veil”). The black veil signified Hawthorne’s own skeleton in the closet; his connection to the witch trials that caused him so much trouble. Like the black veil the witch trials was only one small part of his ancestors life, but it threw influence over t... ... middle of paper ... ...ted an unfixable rift between them that Hawthorne always regretted. God was another a big part of his life, so much so that the main ideas of his religion weaved their way into his writing. He wrote of ministers, good men, and a man who tried to play God; moreover, not only did he write of these men, but he showed their flaws and how no one is perfect. He addressed what God already knew because God himself is perfect in the ways he forgives everyone and allows them to redeem themselves even after they’ve sinned. No matter what anyone believes in for a religion that religion is very important to them, and even if they do not have a religion, the fact that they do not have a religion is very important to them. Everything they do is more or less in the name of what they believe in. Their relationships with their family takes precedent over anything else in their lives.
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