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Nathaniel Hawthorne Introduction to American Literature I Professor Iannini Rutgers University
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“For spite of all the Indian-summer sunlight on the hither side of Hawthorne’s soul, the other side – like the dark half of the physical sphere – is shrouded in blackness, ten times black. But this darkness but gives more effect to the evermoving dawn, that forever advances through it, and circumnavigates his world. Whether Hawthorne has simply availed himself of this mystical blackness as a means to the wondrous effects he makes it to produce in his lights and shades; or whether there really lurks in him, perhaps unknown to himself, a touch of Puritanic gloom,-- this I cannot altogether tell. Certain it is, however, that this great power of blackness in him derives its force from its appeals to that Calvinistic sense of Innate Depravity and Original Sin, from whose visitations, in some shape or other, no deeply thinking mind is always and wholly free. For in certain moods, no man can weigh this world, without throwing in something, somehow like Original Sin, to strike the uneven balance.” --Herman Melville, “Hawthorne and his Mosses” (1850)
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“But with whatever motive, playful or profound, Nathaniel Hawthorne has chosen to entitle his pieces in the manner he has, it is certain,
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ENGLISH 227 taught by Professor Iannini during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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