Hawthorne was a descendant of a long line of New England Puritans, which sparked his interest in the Puritan way of life. After he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825, Hawthorne returned to his home in Salem were he began to write in semi-seclusion. Hawthorne published his first novel, Fanshawe in 1828. In 1839, Hawthorne was appointed weigher and gauger at the Boston Custom House. He later married Sophia Amelia Peabody in 1842.
Authorial Background:Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts. His own background was part of the time period and setting of The Scarlet Letter. One of his ancestors happened to be one of the judges for the Salem Witch Trials. The Scarlet Letter was his most famous work. He used it as a dramatic and fictional recreation of the Puritan Times in New England.
They are so beautiful as they stand tall and sway with the light breezes that pass by. The woods show the strength of Flagstaff as well as the beauty. They surround the city like children would surround their mothers. The woods of Flagstaff create the perfect atmosphere that will set your mood to a delightful state. To escape the reality of our busy world, the perfect place to sit and relax is in the middle of pine trees and listen to the soothing sounds of solitude.
As Arenas is a hiding fugitive, with access to trees and the sea a bigger risk than ever before, he finds another connection to nature. Arenas learns his only solace is in nightfall, when he can travel more freely and when he can meets his few confidants. Arenas’ connection to nature, not in the woods, or in the sea, but rather in nightfall is ultimately one of the most meaningful connections he makes to nature, and the connection he makes that titles the book. Nightfall comes to Arenas every night and always comforts him. It provides him access to his loved ones.
These capture the complexity's of the New England Puritan heritage. Hawthorne's writing had a wide range of influence upon people, such as Melville who dedicated the great classic Moby-Dick to him. One of Hawthorne's most famous novels is The Scarlet Letter. One of his characters (Hester Prynne) is changed throughout the novel. Hester changes three different times, from being a shamed woman to a capable women and then to a healer.
Throughout the novel “The Scarlet Letter” shows biographical criticism. Hawthorne envisioned a path on who he wanted to be as an author. Puritan New England was the setting for his writing path. Hawthorne wrote fiction that deals with philosophy and human emotion and philosophy it was part of the romantic literary tradition. The romantic literary tradition included themes such as heresy, witchcraft and adultery which were all used in his works.
Since he never fully felt accepted by his foster father, he could have blamed death for that misery in his life. Another work is a poem entitled “Alone”. This poem directly points out Edgar’s thoughts on his life. He describes his feeling with phrases such as “And all I loved, I loved alone” and “From childhood’s hour I have not been, As Others where; I have not seen”. In this poem he describes his loneliness and his feelings of being alone.
The poem “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe depicts the personal life and challenges Poe faced as a child. For example, the poem begins with Poe explaining how he knew he was different from other children, this is apparent when Poe writes, “From childhood's hour I have not been/ As others were-- I have not seen” (Poe ll. 1-2). Poe further goes on to explain how he felt abandoned and apart from his peers, stating “And all I lov'd-- I lov'd alone” (Poe 8). I believe this explains how Poe felt alone after his parents died, as if no one else understood what he was going through.
This is where the setting of The Scarlet Letter takes place (Joselit). The author of this novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne, grew up in Salem so the setting cof this novel played a large role in his life. Hawthorne was the “great-grandson of the Salem Witch Trials judge John Hathorne” (Brooks). However, he changed his last name, adding a “W” because he was “haunted by his connection to his ancestor” (Brooks), and possibly because he wanted to distance himself from his family name. His family had a very large past in the Salem Witch Trials; it is said all of the following members of his family were somehow related to the trials: “Mary and Philip English, John Proctor and Sarah Wilson, as well as one of the accusers: Sarah Phelps.
It all started when Nathanial Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. One of his ancestors was a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials, so he added the letter “w” to his last name to make any relations ambiguous. “When he was a child, he took great interest in classical literatures of Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, John Buyon, Sir Walter Scott, and endless gothic romances”(Bloom 11). “He attended Bowdoin College in Maine where he joined the Athenean Literature Society and wrote many short stories” (Bloom 11). The time spent studying at Bowdoin College, greatly influenced his future caree... ... middle of paper ... ...rcome the test of time and forever known as a classic in literary history.