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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