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Elements Of Nathaniel Hawthrone Writing Essay

1370 words - 6 pages

Simrath
Mr. Long
Eng. 3 CAS
10-27-08

The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Perhaps the most phenomenal part of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work is his ability to tie together the intricacies of writing while getting the most out of every paragraph. Combine the effect of each individual paragraph of his work and you get some very powerful and forceful writing that goes well beyond fundamental principles. While the Scarlet Letter is certainly one of his more legendary works, there are elements of the story that tie directly into some of his shorter works. One of his most recognizable ...view middle of the document...

One of the last sentences of the story is “The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame. As the last crimson tint of the birthmark—that sole token of human imperfection—faded from her cheek, the parting breath of the now perfect woman passed into the atmosphere, and her soul, lingering a moment near her husband, took its heavenward flight”(Hawthorne, “Birthmark” 99). Georgiana dies as her husband hears some laughter that he cannot find nor comprehend. There is no clear allusion in the story as to what this is about, so any analysis of this quote is subjective. However, the birthmark is first looked upon in the story as imperfection of nature’s beauty, and the effects of this quote are significant. If you believe it was nature that was laughing upon Aylmer’s failure to truly comprehend and understand its ways and his belief that the birthmark was an imperfection of nature’s beauty, then you can see the ominous and ever lasting effects of nature has on Aylmer’s quest. It controls him and his quest from above. It’s clear this laughter had some sort of external affect on the story itself.
The Minister’s Black Veil is a story that depends solely on interpretation of the characters within the story. The black veil itself means nothing, it’s the interpretations of the veil that rely on the Puritan community’s perceptions, mainly those relating to sin, that catalyze this story.
The idea of sin plays a role in his life until the moment he dies. Because of how he preaches about sin and refuses to take off the veil, many automatically assume that his veil expresses his sin. While he is a reverend until the day he dies, there is no doubt that this idea of sin changed how he was viewed. Initially he was thought to have “a good reputation of a good preacher, but not an energetic one: he strove to win his people heavenward by the thunders of the Word” (Hawthorne, “Minister’s Black Veil” 23). Now, he was one who had to ask the question: “What, but the mystery which it obscurely typifies, has made this piece of crape so awful?”(Hawthorne, “Minister’s Black Veil” 33). He went from calm, respectable preacher to one who people doubted and were even afraid of. This change in how people view him is also shown by how he is also doubted in the quote “he spent a long life, irreproachable in outward act, yet shrouded in dismal suspicions; kind and loving, though unloved and dimly feared; a man apart from men, shunned in their health and joy, but ever summoned to their aid in mortal anguish” (Hawthorne, “Minister’s Black Veil” 30). People never trust him because of this idea of sin that hovered around him and how casually he viewed it. Due to Puritan superstition about sin, the situation only worsened.
Context is very important in evaluating his life; the setting...

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