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Eng 2025 Midterm Study Guide

Eng 2025 Midterm Study Guide - Nathaniel Hawthorne May Pole...

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Nathaniel Hawthorne – “May Pole of Merry Mount” and “Wakefield - Born in Salem, Mass. Hates his ancestors so he adds a “w” to his last name. - Very shy, and loved New English history and English literature. - Focuses on Allegory - use of characters to represent ideas or principals in a story; a symbolic representation. - Human sinfulness – key to his texts. - Friends with Herman Melville – Melville dedicates Moby Dick to NH. - U.S.A.’s consult to Liverpool. Had difficulty finishing novels b/c he was politically baffled (Civil War). -His texts present unsolvable problems that torment characters. They produce an ironic form of Calvinism. They contain a neutral ground b/w real and imaginary. - Narrator’s not present but distant observers; also often unreliable. The narration asks readers to associate w/a particular character in contrast w/the narrator - “May Pole of Merry Mount”, and “Wakefield” Edgar Allen Poe – “The Purloined Letter - Born in Boston - parents dead at 2. He married his 13 year old cousin. NY, Philly,
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