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Nathaniel Hawthorne Born Salem, Massachusetts, July 4, 1804. From a prominent Puritan family. Earliest American ancestor was William Hathorne1630he was.

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1 Nathaniel Hawthorne Born Salem, Massachusetts, July 4, From a prominent Puritan family. Earliest American ancestor was William Hathorne1630he was a soldier and magistrate. –Celebrated for persecuting Quakers (whipping/hanging)

2 Nathaniel Hawthorne William mainly remembered for having condemned a Quaker woman to be led around by carts and whipped through the streets of Boston and other towns. This creates conflicting attitudes: solid accomplishment vs. great guilt

3 Nathaniel Hawthorne Great uncle: John Hathorne –Chief interrogator in Salem Witch Trials; also a judge –Never repented or apologized Hawthorne felt the present is always a dark function of the past

4 Nathaniel Hawthorne Hawthorne associated these attitudes with Puritanism as a whole. His works deal with guilt and the Puritan moral code as well as human loneliness and sin.

5 Young Goodman Brown Short story is a dark allegory Set in 1690s during Witch Trials Young [to distinguish from Old] Goodman [church member who is married and received Catechism] Brown Faith Goodwife

6 Young Goodman Brown Set on Halloween (All Hallows Eve): all demons come out for one night before returning to hell; pagan ritual


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