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Hawthorne, who was born in Salem, Massachusetts, was aware of his messy Puritan heritage. His great-great-grandfather William Hathorne came to Salem in As the Massachusetts Bay delegate, he tried to rid the town of Quakers by having them whipped and dragged through the street half naked.
His son, John Hathorne, was even worse. As a magistrate during the Salem witch trials ofhe examined more than one hundred accused witches, and found them all guilty. Unable to support his family by publishing short stories, Hawthorne took a politically appointed post at the Salem Custom House in Three years later, he was fired because of a political shakeup.
The loss of his job, as well as the death of his mother, depressed Hawthorne, but he was also furious at Salem. It was in this mood that he started The Scarlet Letter. He left his wife and daughter in Philadelphia and fled to Peabody for help. Peabody responded by going to Philadelphia in an attempt to gain guardianship of the daughter.
She followed Peabody back to Boston and confronted her husband. In response, Peabody and Kraitsir tried to get her committed to a lunatic asylum. Hawthorne must have known there was historical precedence for The Scarlet Letter.
A similar law was enacted in Salem. She was married to Stephen Batchellor, a minister over 80 years old. One day, while trying to encourage the despondent writer "'Who would risk publishing a book for me, the most unpopular writer in America? He said he bet Hawthorne had already written something new and that it was in one of the drawers.
Hawthorne, flabbergasted, pulled out a manuscript. The rest is history. Hester Prynne is a tall, dignified character who endures her outcast status with grace and strength. Hawthorne not only knew accomplished women such as Peabody and Margaret Fuller, he was writing The Scarlet Letter directly after the first women's rights convention in New York in He apparently had affection for the word, which means dishonor, infamy, disgrace, or shame.
Either that, or he needed a thesaurus. While the reviews were generally positive, others condemned The Scarlet Letter as smut. For example, this review by Reverend Arthur Cleveland Coxe: Is the French era actually begun in our literature? The Scarlet Letter made Hawthorne a well-known writer, allowed him to purchase a home in Concord, and insured an audience for books like The House of Seven Gables.
Despite its success in the U. He was never able to escape the money troubles that plagued him.The Scarlet Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne: When Hester Prynne bears an illegitimate child she is introduced to the ugliness, complexity, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, the main characters struggle to overcome sin, guilt, and public humiliation in Puritan New England society.
In the beginning of the novel, Hester Prynne is led to the scaffold to serve her punishment for committing adultery, a crime in Puritan culture. The Scarlet Letter study guide contains a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .
"The Scarlet Letter" is generally about Hester Prynne, the novel is not so much a reflection of her character, but a view of her transformation through out every chapter.
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