Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Salem Witch Trials '

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One of America’s major writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. His most notorious ancestor was John Hathorne, a judge at the Salem Witch trials in 1692, which adds to the understanding of the tragic fate present in Hawthorne’s short stories. The “w” in his last name, obviously not present in his ancestor’s, was not established until he began publishing. But in his childhood, Hawthorne suffered a leg injury leaving him immobile, sparking his interest in reading and writing. Later on Hawthorne went to Bowdoin College where he became friends with future president Franklin Pierce and eventually went on to graduate in 1825. Upon that accomplishment, he then spent twelve year’s in his mother’s home writing short stories and essays as an apprentice. Also, he has worked many positions such as in the Boston Custom House, surveyor of customs in the port of Salem, and as a U.S. consul in Liverpool, England appointed by his friend, Franklin Pierce. However, Hawthorne’s writing finally became known after publishing his greatest success The Scarlet Letter in 1850. Year’s after that, novels such as The House of the Seven Gambles, The Blithedale Romance, and Tanglewood Tales were published in the productive period from 1850-1853. Critics explored his psychological themes praising his use of paradox and unorthodox perspectives of characters included in one of his stories, The Minister’s Black Veil. Hawthorne had finally established himself as a unique…

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