Hawthorne had sense of how the world is bound by darkness and the fact that everyone has some good and evil inside each of us.
Hawthorne wrote the “House of Seven Gables” when he was inspired by this home located in Salem, Mass. ~ Romantic novel from guilt~ Recurring theme is morality verses sin
~“The Scarlett Letter” is Hawthorne’s best known work~ Recurring theme – truth verses lies~ Symbolism used throughout
“Young Goodman Brown” (short story) written in 1835~ Uses symbolism and allegories~ Uses Biblical parables~ Light represents hope & darkness is in the forest~ Recurring choice is between isolation and society
“The Marble Faun”~ Written in 1835~ Main theme is guilt and the fall of man~ Symbolism is used in human sensuality
“The Birthmark” – short story published in 1843~ dark thoughts verses bright hopes~ thoughts of heaven and hell~ recurring theme of faith or no faith
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne lived complex life… just like his writings ~Suffered mysterious decline in health ~ Died in sleep May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire