Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The May Pole Of Merry Mount '

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Analyzing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The May-Pole of Merry Mount Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The May-Pole of Merry Mount is a story about the American dream as shown by the lively group living in Merry Mount and the no-nonsense Puritans. Both groups represent a part of America and the future of a nation. Of course this short is loosely based on a true story, and Hawthorne is clearly commenting on the attitudes and feelings of opposing ideals in this “new world”. Just look at the debate between Bradford and Morton and their views of how to interact and deal with this foreign land. We need look no further than Hawthorne’s story to see that he is divided on the issue and seems to take no sides in this fight. Therefore the story is attempting to tell the reader that this land that would become America is filled with difficult moral and social decisions, there is no black and white it is simply shades of grey. As it is stated in the story: “Jollity and gloom were contending for an empire” (Hawthorne). In explicating the story Hawthorne is trying to say that there is a middle ground we must meet at if the people living in this world are going to survive. The story of The May-Pole of Merry Mount is quite interesting in that Hawthorne paints in broad strokes when describing the different groups living together. It is quite clear that he detests the the so called “purity” of the Puritans as he describes them as such in the story: “Not far from Merry Mount was a settlement of Puritans, most…

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