Mar 2, Sixth generation of his Salem family (businessmen, judges, and seamen)—all Puritans. Two aspects of his background especially affected his. Sep 24, subtle and direct themes; “misery loves company”; self-fulfilling prophecies; co- dependency. George Herkimer; Rosina; Scipio; Roderick. Hawthorne’s “Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent” 15I. The source of “Egotism; or, the Bosom Serpent” is the first book of Spenser’s The Facerie Queene, “The.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Egotism by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The body of the tale is a recounting of a story that Roderick Elliston, the main character of “Egotism,” has composed as a result of his setpent sad experience”. Both the frame of the tale, in which Roderick discusses his story with his wife Rosina and his friend Herkimer a sculptorand the tale itself as told by Roderick criticize the lack of substantial existence of t The body of the tale is a recounting of a story that Roderick Elliston, the main character of “Egotism,” has composed as a result of his “former sad experience”.
Both the frame of the tale, in which Roderick discusses his story with his wife Rosina and his friend Herkimer a sculptorand the tale itself as told by Roderick criticize the lack of substantial existence of egotosm figures who live only in the ideal world, what Hawthorne describes as an “unsubstantial” dream world.
Such a focus suggests that the tale, through a definition of the “spiritual” nature of the artist, is Hawthorne’s reaction against the Transcendentalist aesthetic with which he had come into contact in the late s and early s.
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Hawthorne tells us how Elliston is reunited with his wife, and is once again healed. But Hawthorne uses his snake in the human heart in much the same way a Puritan minister might have used it, as a sign of the living evil that gnaws away within all of us, imcluding the publicly virtuous. One of my favorite passages in the story occurs when Roderick begins to accost on the street other citizens who suffer from their own bosom snakes: One egotiism he encountered an ambitious statesman, and gravely inquired after the welfare of his boa constrictor; for of that bisom, Roderick affirmed, this gentleman’s serpent eggotism needs be, since its appetite was enormous enough to devour the whole country and constitution.
At another time, he stopped a close-fisted old fellow, of great wealth, but who skulked about the city in the guise of a scarecrow, with a patched blue surtout, brown hat, and mouldy boots, scraping pence together, and picking up rusty nails. Pretending to look earnestly at this respectable person’s stomach, Roderick assured him that his snake was a copper-head and had been generated by the immense quantities of that base metal with which he daily defiled his fingers.
Again, he assaulted a man of rubicund visage, and told him that few bosom serpents had more of the devil in them than those that breed in the vats of a distillery.
The next whom Roderick honored with his attention was a distinguished clergyman, who happened just then to be engaged in a theological controversy, where human wrath was more perceptible than divine inspiration.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation’s colonial history.
Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawein He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in The Scarlet Letter was published infollowed by a succession of other novels.
A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning egotims The Wayside in Hawthorne died on May 19,leaving behind his wife and their three children.
Much of Hawthorne’s writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce. Books by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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