An Analysis Of Hawthorne's Short Stories



In many of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories, he creates
characters with either a malicious or evil feature to relay to the reader a
more allegorical meaning. Many would say he targets woman without
justification. Therefore a reader may interpret him to be a misogynist.
In the story “Rapaccinni's Daughter” he uses Beatrice as a carrier of a
deadly poison. In “Young Goodman Brown” he targets Faith as the character
who is lost to the Devil. In the stories “Rappaccini's Daughter,” and “The
Birthmark,” Hawthorne also uses men as transmitters of evil illicitly. The
men involved in the stories have their own flaws which contribute to the
flaws of the women in their lives. Ultimately, ...

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of the Devil.
Even with the emotional plea from her husband, “Look up to heaven, and
resist the wicked one,” (1590) Faith cannot resist the Devil's temptation
and has “uncertain sorrow,” (1587) after submitting to him. The character
of Faith which Hawthorne portrays is one of uncertainty and one which has a
lack of self control. Faith is a good example of how Hawthorne uses a
woman to symbolize a deeper significance, in this case, it is to evoke the
hypocrisy of the Puritan people, that is, Puritans are really not as pure
as we all think, they also contain evil characteristics, in this case,
exploited at night. We cannot justify Hawthorne's usage of Faith as
misogyny, in that woman were not considered equal in status to men in the
early 16th and later centuries. Also, with the history of witchcraft
during the puritan era, it can be seen appropriate that Hawthorne uses a
woman in this case.
In “Rapaccinni's Daughter”, Hawthorne develops the character of
Beatrice as the ...

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