Nathaniel obscurest man turned himself into one

Nathaniel Hawthorne


Hawthorne was a famous novelist who once described himself as the “obscurest
man of letters in America.”  This obscurest
man turned himself into one of the utmost fiction writers in American
Literature.  Still today his works are
very well known.  Hawthorne used a
variety of elements when writing his stories, such as irony, symbolism, and ambiguity
situations which kept the stories a mystery.  His stories were allegories that took ambition
towards sin and corruption.  Hawthorne is
an American Literature legend who relied on his puritan history combined with
his own creativity to create mythical novels.

Hawthorne did not believe “that a literary vocation was serious or productive
work”, he was still determined to become a writer. (Meyer, 2014, p.301) After he
graduated from Bowdoin college he returned to his mother’s home in Salem.  For the next twelve years, Hawthorne “read
New England history as well as writers such as John Milton, William Shakespeare
and John Bunion” (Meyer,2014, p301). 
While living a withdrawn life he devoted his time trying to develop his
own style of writing that would express his creative energies.  Because Hawthorne set such high standards for himself
many of his early writings were destroyed and never published.

Hawthorne’s career, he had to take on additional employment because writing created
a financial hardship.  Some of the
employment was working for the Custom House which was a politically appointed job.
 He also worked in a utopian community
performing manual labor jobs.  Hawthorne
was at the peak of his career in the early 1850’s when he wrote the majority of
his writings.  Some of Hawthorne’s famous
writings consist of The Scarlett Letter,
Twice-Told Tales, and The Blithedale
Romance.  “His first novel, Fanshawe, was published anonymously in
1928 and was not attributed to the author until after his death” (Meyer, 2014,


became one of the greatest American Literature writers.  His writings all followed a similar pattern,
which veered toward a dark and gloomy plot and delved into personal inner
conflicts of his characters.  The
characters are “often consumed by their own passions, whether those passions
are motivated by an obsession with goodness or evil” (Meyer, 2014, p.302).  His writings are hard to understand because
they do not point to a single simple moral.  Instead they have many complex issues and unstable
meanings.  They rarely end on a happy

         Hawthorne was considered a major American
writer because his stories can be read on many different levels and have been
read for many generations.  His stories
have amused and challenged readers by keeping them entertained through complex and
mysterious storylines.  He drew his
readers in because they could experience some of the same twisted issues of the
characters.  Even though Hawthorne’s stories
are based around sin and corruption, readers today still enjoy his work. 


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