Journal Entry Hawthrone and baldwin

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Greg Dobson Journal Entry Hawthorne + Baldwin Corbeille The Artist of the Beautiful After reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Artist of the Beautiful” I found myself wondering what I consider full of beauty. The question is a difficult one, just like the story purports. I loved the character of Owen Warland, the creator of the inconceivable, whose ability to delicately work in an almost spiritual sense kept me curious throughout the story. Despite his family’s wishes, Owen has great distaste for their desire of him to use his “strange ingenuity” for “utilitarian purposes.” He wants beauty to exist without practicality, which forces him to possess an almost innate fascination with nature. Owen’s irregular dedication to artistic sensibility forces him to become alienated by the town. Through implementation of melodies that he considers improvements into the watches, he not only ruin’s his reputation as a watchmaker, but it becomes evident that Owen seems to be hoping for something more important, more spiritual, than the inanimate watch fixing of his past. For this reason Owen creates the butterfly, a representation of not just natural beauty, but unnatural beauty too. Through the replication and destruction of Owen’s 5-year masterpiece the morale of the story becomes clear: “In an atmosphere of doubt and mockery its exquisite susceptibility suffers torture,
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