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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Writing Style


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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Writing Style

  1. 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s <ul><li>Writing Style </li></ul>
  2. 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne <ul><li>Dedicated Reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoyed reading, Authors: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shakespeare </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spenser </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scott </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rousseau </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favorite Authors: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bunyan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Montigne </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Foray into authorship from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication with sister, Louisa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Spectator, newspaper, in Salem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contained </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic news </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advertisements </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was short-lived </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First issue was published on August 21, 1820 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Final issue was published on September 18, 1820 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Hawthorne decided to become an author after graduating from college in 1825 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writing Style <ul><li>Older classic, literary style one remarkable for its directness, clarity, and sureness of idioms </li></ul><ul><li>Romance fiction representative by his own beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote lengthy visual descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Writings were exclusive to his time period was used of formal dialog from character to character </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of character confrontation </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of neutral territory </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adultery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human morality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature “his own view” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religion “his own view” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allegory </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Influences <ul><li>Salem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early childhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Later work at the Custom House </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Puritan Family Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forefather was a Judge who presided over the Salem witch trials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Puritan tradition and Moral sincerity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Belief in determination </li></ul><ul><li>First Professional Writer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College graduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiar with European writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influenced by Puritan writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cotton Mather </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Love for allegory and symbolism </li></ul><ul><li>Bible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The concept of original sin which is defined as either the sin that Adam committed or a consequence of this first sin, the hereditary stain with which we are born on account of our descent from Adam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second definition is more widely accepted, as evident when St. Augustine said, &quot;The deliberate sin of the First man is the cause of Original sin.&quot; This preoccupation with evil earned him the title &quot;the father of the American psychological novel.&quot; He was a skilled craftsman in his writing, because no chapter, paragraph, or even sentence could be omitted without doing violence to the story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belief of existence of the devil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Representative of 19 th Century due to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primitiveness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gothic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antiquarian </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. References <ul><li>&quot;Hawthorne Writing Style.&quot; 1996. Gale Research Company. 5 Aug 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Literature Related to Hawthorne's Early Years.&quot; Hawthorne In Salem. 01082008. North Shore Community College. 5 Aug 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Reuben, Paul P. &quot;Chapter 3: Nineteenth Century to 1865 - Nathaniel Hawthorne.&quot; PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. WWW URL: (3 Aug 2008). </li></ul>
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