In the Article, Chiefly About War Matters, Nathaniel Hawthorne Describes Abe Lincoln's Unattractiveness as Superficial

In the Article, Chiefly About War Matters, Nathaniel Hawthorne Describes Abe Lincoln's Unattractiveness as Superficial

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Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, in regards to the American Civil War once despondently wrote, “It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws” (Crane). Such describes the desperate and harrowing atmosphere of the time during which Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States. As Abraham Lincoln once perspicaciously reflected upon the significance of the Civil War, "The struggle of today is not altogether for today — it is for a vast future also" meaning that the war was paramount to the survival of the union and thus, one of the most momentous occurrences of American history (Lincoln). Nathaniel Hawthorne, a transcendentalist and author of The Scarlet Letter, cogitated upon the significance of having Lincoln as president during the Civil War while simultaneously conveying the idea that he deeply venerated president Lincoln for his strength of character in times of dire crisis. Hawthorne employs the use of vivid imagery, scintillating diction, striking juxtaposition as well as a reverent tone to effectively accomplish his purpose of conveying the fact that while Lincoln is superficially unprepossessing, his approachable attitude and his insightful nature make him an excellent president.
In the article, "Chiefly about War Matters," Hawthorne utilizes conspicuous imagery as well as an awe-struck tone to accentuate the fact that while Abraham Lincoln may have been physically unattractive, his strength of character made up for all of his superficial shortcomings due to the fact that he was intelligent and exceptionally insightful. Through his usage of illustrative imagery and a mystified tone, Hawthorne is able to emphasize the fact that Lincoln, re...


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...tagonist in flank rather than to make a bull-run at him" he makes a pun off of the fact that the First Battle of Bull Run was disastrous for the Union and he juxtaposes the rashness of the battle with Lincoln's own deliberate thoughtfulness and geniality (para. 4). He also utilizes a metaphor to compare the First Battle of Bull Run to impulsiveness and thus to imply that Lincoln would use his wit to choose a more tactical way to raze the enemy thus further emphasizing president Lincoln's cleverness through the juxtaposition of Lincoln's personality with impetuosity. Hawthorne is able to successfully convey the fact that Lincoln is not impeded by his lack of superficial beauty and instead is successful due to his personable attitude and his savvy in politics and in consoling the nation through the usage of both a reverent tone as well as outstanding juxtaposition.

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