Nathaniel Hawthorne(1804-1864) Image Courtesy Library of Congress. Key Dates: Hawthorne in Context. Consider the classic American works published in a five-year period with the United States seventy-five years old: 1850 – Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter Emerson’s Representative Men
Consider the classic American works published in a five-year period with the United States seventy-five years old:
Emerson’s Representative Men
Certain it is, however, that this great power of blackness in him derives its force from its appeals to that Calvinistic sense of Innate Depravity and Original Sin, from whose visitations, in some shape or other, no deeply thinking mind is always wholly free.
The Subconscious Mind and the Journey Within
The Journey Within, the Loss of Innocence, Isolation and Withdrawal
Sin and Perfection
Light and dark images and shadows suggest distortion, uncertainty, and a lack of clarity. Consider the following:
The American Tradition in Literature 11/e
Compare Hawthorne’s and Poe’s use of Gothic settings and imagery, dreams and hypnagogic states (the state between sleep and wakefulness).