Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown And The Birthmark Essay

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is well-known as one of the fundamental writers of early American literature. His most famous work, The Scarlet Letter, is a staple in the classroom, and is recognizable by almost anyone. Hawthorne wrote about many things, but one particular theme stands out in a few of his works. Judgement is seen rather often, and Hawthorne seems to have a deeper personal connection to this particular theme, perhaps because of his dark ancestry. Noticeably, judgement appears in his two short stories, Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark. Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays his ancestral guilt through the theme of judgement, as seen in Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born as Nathaniel Hathorne, named after his father, in Salem, Massachusetts, 1804. However, Nathaniel Senior died in 1808, leaving Junior to a poor childhood. Hawthorne’s uncles were able to support his college education, and he attended Bowdoin College, where he began his friendship with the future president Franklin Pierce. Hawthorne’s career had it’s ups and downs. He worked a variety of jobs, and published Twice-Told Tales in 1837. Sadly, two years later he was back working a dull packaging job in Boston. Sophia Peabody and Hawthorne married in 1842, and had three children total. Sophia was a talented artist, and people say Hawthorne should have supported her and her artwork more. Hawthorne’s biggest success came in 1850, when The Scarlet Letter was published.…

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