Nathaniel Hawthorne's Imagination Essay

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“Mr. Hawthorne’s distinctive trait is invention, creation, imagination, originality…”(Poe). This was taken from a review of Hawthorne’s work written by Edgar Allen Poe in the late 1800’s. Nathaniel Hawthorne is a very well known author that had written books and works showing traits just as Poe had said. His stories and books are known worldwide and have been studied for many years. Through Hawthorne’s life, I believe he had developed a vast imagination. From developing an imagination, he had developed works that show his ability to make stories from his mind. Hawthorne used his imagination to develop his fascinating works. Through research and reading some of the works myself, a thesis…show more content…
Nathaniel Hawthorne met his demise on May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire after rebuffing to seek medical attention (Reynolds). The origin of Hawthorne’s imagination could have been when he developed a love for reading and writing. Hawthorne then used his imagination to produce his works. Examples of Nathaniel’s imagination can be seen in many of his known works. Abundant examples of Hawthorne’s imagination can be seen in short stories such as “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”, “The Birthmark” , and “Young Goodman Brown.” Some of these stories were penned during a time of technological advancements. Leading to a view on the sciences with robust opinions might have heightened Hawthorne’s imagination. In the short story, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”, there is a scientist called Dr. Heidegger. Heidegger has made an elixir that he stated to his guests that would make them young, made from water from the fountain of youth. Heidegger shows his guests the power of the drink by putting a dry, old flower in the liquid. The flower becomes vibrant and lively like magic. The guests began to drink this liquid and feel young once again. After a while they become old again, also the…show more content…
Edgar Allen Poe wrote that he could see that imagination is a part of many of Hawthorne’s works (Poe). It is as if imagination is built in to Hawthorne’s work as almost an ingredient to a cake. When describing Hawthorne’s work in the Encyclopedia of World Biography, they state that Hawthorne’s work is “broadly allegorical but infused with imaginative passion.” Hawthorne’s imagination was infused in his work. Such things as the experimentation in “The Birthmark”, the journey and hidden themes in “Young Goodman Brown” or the fictional youth in “Dr.Heidegger’s Experiment.” Poe wrote that Hawthorne’s stories “are the product of a truly imaginative intellect ” and that “ “Dr. Heidegger’s experiment” is exceedingly

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