Nathaniel Hawthorne Comparison Essay

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Heritage Alyssa Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne Comparison and Contrast English III Honors 5 May 2014 A. Biography: Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4th, 1804. He grew up with his relatives, the Mannings, and in the presence of women when we was little. He did not have a strong male role model to look up to when growing up, so many biographers believe that this is what had caused his shyness and introverted personality as he grew older. Nathaniel’s father died of yellow fever in Suriname in 1808. With this being said, he did not have a father figure in his formative and adolescent years. As time goes on, in 1821, Nathaniel enters Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine to be closer to his mother and sisters. He graduates middle of his class in 1825 and decides that he wants to pursue his life career becoming an author. He states; "I do not want to be a doctor and live by men's diseases, nor a minister to live by their sins, nor a lawyer to live by their quarrels. So, I don't see that there is anything left for me but to be an author.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel met the love of his life, Sophia Amelia Peabody in 1838 and engaged to her only a year later. Sophia as well was a writer and gave it up for her marriage with Nathaniel. Later on, Nathaniel moves to Concord and writes a children's book, Tanglewood Tales and a biography of President Pierce, A Life of Pierce. As time progresses, Nathaniel gets terribly ill in 1863 and passes away in his sleep on May 19th, 1864 while on a trip to New Hampshire with a friend. A. Biography: Washington Irving Washington Irving grew up in New York City on April 3rd, 1783, right after the American ... ... middle of paper ... ...on, as delftware is from porcelain; yet both are part and parcel of the same peculiar temperament. Our author, in his different writings, sometimes startles us by the apparent incongruity of his sentiments, and almost persuades us, as Mrs. Malaprop says of Cerberus, that “he is two gentlemen at once.” Yet this is one of the rare but high privileges of genius, to enter into and identify itself with feelings and sensations, apparently the most adverse and repugnant; and thus the broad, coarse humor of Knickerbocker, is not incompatible with the refined and pensive musings of Geoffrey Crayon over the tomb of Shakespeare, or in his wanderings by the haunted windings of the Avon.” Source: Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Ed. Janet Mullane and Robert Thomas Wilson. Vol. 19. Detroit: Gale Research, 1988. From Literature Resource Center.
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