Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “I do not want to be a doctor and live by men’s diseases, nor minister to live by their sins, nor a lawyer and live by men’s quarrels. So, I don’t see that there is anything left for me but to be an author” (Nathaniel). This statement describes Hawthorne’s personality and life in a way that no other quote could. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an Anti-Transcendentalist writer, meaning that he had a negative view of all humans. The Anti-Transcendentalist movement was a pessimistic branch of Romanticism, which began in the mid 1800s and lasted until the late 1800s. Nathaniel Hawthorne was influenced greatly by his childhood, which is what caused him to be an anti-transcendentalist, yet in his novel The Scarlet Letter there was a bridge created between anti-transcendentalism and utopian transcendentalism.
The devastation of losing a parent at a young age can cause long-term effects that last into adulthood. When Hawthorne was four, his father died of yellow fever and this caused problems for him. His mother became very overly protective and pushed him toward isolated pursuits, such as reading and staying inside all day (Biography). His childhood left him shy and bookish, which molded his life as a writer. He also was not a very social person, had few close friends, and had little engagement with others (Biography). If Hawthorne’s life had not started the way it had, he would have never been the person he was as an adult, and society would have never been able to see the writing he could create. Nathaniel Hawthorne changed the literary world as he introduced topics that were considered taboo and off limits. He wrote an entire novel based on the five simple words, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Delaney). With...
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...havior. If Hawthorne’s father had never passed away, how might his writing style be different? Would he even have become a writer?
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