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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