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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Religious upbringings, deaths, breakups, and love affairs: these are all influences that can be found in every part of a person’s life. An intense impingement on their work and how they live their life starts with simple aspects such as: someone’s childhood, family, friendships, and relationships. These aspects can ingrain themselves into pieces of art whether they are paintings, music, or works of literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the many writers who had shown this idea of life’s effects even more than others. Recognized for his amazing piece of literature The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne has become a most famous writer, posthumously. Some other works only slightly less known ...view middle of the document...

” This article focuses mainly on modern conditions. However true, the introduction to Brilliant’s work analyses the book in general (1357). Brilliant connects the novel to Nathaniel Hawthorne as a child due to the fact that he was raised with religion as a young boy. The author of a biography on Sophia Hawthorne explains one connection to Hawthorne’s relationships and personal life being the title of the introductory chapter of the book. The chapter is titled “The Custom House,” which was the house he and his wife Sophia were living in at the time the book was written (245). The Scarlet Letter has quite a few bits of information taken from Hawthorne’s childhood.
Another work influenced by Hawthorne’s upbringing is “Young Goodman Brown.” Being an extremely religious piece, the short story focuses on hardly anything else other than the ideals and complications of religion. The connection to his childhood, like the last, is also one of referencing Hawthorne’s ancestors. In the story he embeds factual information on his family line. One such reference is about “the Quaker woman [whom he lashed] so smartly through the streets of Salem.” The tale not only speaks of one ancestor who was against the Quakers, but also of the son who was connected to the Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne’s demonic character says how he was “friends” with both the main character’s “grand-father” and “father” and helped them in terrible deeds. Another way Hawthorne’s childhood is brought out in the tale is the character of the man Goodman Brown walks with. The man is said to look much like Brown in that “they might have been taken for father and son.” This brings about the question of Hawthorne’s relationship with his father. The fact that the man is portrayed as a Devil worshipper, or perhaps the Devil himself, shows that Hawthorne did not think highly of his father. This may be true although he did not really know his father well, for he died when Hawthorne was only four. The early death would stay with Hawthorne, imprinting his life and stories with a dark hue. With these ideas of religion and relationships embedded Hawthorne shows how his childhood affected his writing of “Young Goodman Brown.”
Hawthorne’s text “Rappaccini’s Daughter” was influenced by his childhood. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s childhood upbringing was one of incredibly strong religious views. Towards the beginning, this short story references the religious tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden’s. The main character, Giovanni, wonders at one point if the garden outside his window is “the Eden of the present world” and if the man, the beautiful garden’s caretaker, is “Adam.” The characters in “Rappaccini’s Daughter” also connect with the relationships in Hawthorne’s life. Giovanni is said to have a younger sister, much like Hawthorne himself. In the tale he depicts this with one of the most famous stories known by the religion he was raised with, and the characters show influences from Hawthorne’s young...

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