9 pages in length. The proposal seeks to illustrate how Nathaniel Hawthorne was a man whose writings dug deep to reveal the truth of the human heart. Utilizing his classic works – which reflect a writer concerned with the darker, more disturbing aspect of humanity, while at the same time they also represent the benevolent side of mankind – along with testimonials from other writers of his time, this paper will clearly demonstrate the deep complexities that comprised nearly all of Hawthorne's writing. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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he was heralded a trendsetter with regard to his unique thematic content. Hawthornes colleagues praised his works with the utmost of eloquence and articulation, stating that all who partake
of his writings will break free from the same sort of prose routinely offered by the common writer who presents only "the mundane touch of that beef and ale" (Trollope
203-22) compared with the treasures found within the bindings of Hawthornes books. Trollope writes that Hawthorne becomes "very precious" (203-22) to all who study him; as such, he will
submerse his readers into melancholy and "black forbodings" (203-22), nearly crushing them with "imaginary sorrows...When he has operated upon you, you would not for worlds have foregone it. You
have been ennobled by that familiarity with sorrow. You have been, as it were, sent through the fire and purged of so much of your dross" (Trollope 203-22).
Hawthorne graduated in 1825, at which time he passed the following twelve years holed up in his mothers house writing his first novel, Fanshaw:
A Tale. In his opinion this was the most terrible piece of writing he had produced to date that he sought out all the copies he could and destroyed
them. Following his first novel was his first volume of Twice-Told Tales. He then married Sophia Peabody in 1842 and moved to Concord, Massachusetts where they began their
family (Scarlet Letter Reference Page). Of his new acquaintances, Hawthorne became friendly with the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller and Alcott, which helped him to compose his next set
of short stories entitled Mosses from an Old Manse. Hawthornes new family posed financial difficulties for the writer, whose salary at the Custom House was a mere twelve thousand