American Literature

   Reading Journals for Hawthorne  

Pick the question that you feel that you can answer the most completely.
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  1. Emerson was a good friend and mentor of Hawthorne’s. Explain how you see Hawthorne reflecting Emerson's ideas and values in his works   answer this journal 
  2. Compare and contrast Hawthorne's use of America's past in his stories with Irving's use in his stories. Try to explain the difference, not just show that it exists.   answer this journal

  3. Poe himself praised Hawthorne's short stories as being the harbinger of something new. Explain what Hawthorne adds to the idea of the short story that we don't already see in Irving and/or Poe.   answer this journal

  4. Hawthorne identified himself as a romantic writer. Explain, based on the story that you read, how it reflects romantic ideas and philosophy, at least as you understand it. answer this journal