Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

1042 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne is a well known American novelist and short story writer. He was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts and died on May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. When Hawthorne was a child, he suffered a leg injury that left him unable to move for various months. During his paralyzation, he developed a “voracious appetite for reading and set his sights on becoming a writer” (Biography.com Editors). In the years that followed, Hawthorn was able to attend and graduate from Bowdoin College with the financial help of his uncles. During his time in college, Hawthorne, became friends with American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and future president Franklin Pierce. After college, Hawthorne worked as the editor for an american magazine and eventually married and had three children with Sophia Peabody. Hawthorne 's first novel, Fanshawe, was published in 1832 and but he later considered it a failure compared to his later works like, The Scarlet Letter. Most of Hawthorne’s writings, “deals with conflicted characters whose hearts and souls are torn by sin, guilt, pride, and isolations” ().Written in 1835, Hawthorne’s short story, Young Goodman Brown exemplifies most of these qualities. The title of the story describes the the main character, Goodman Brown, because he is young and he is “good.” However, when Goodman Brown ventures into a dark forest to meet with the devil, he undergoes changes and he is no longer the good Christian man that he was before. During…

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