An analysis of the literary criticisms in young goodman brown and the scarlet letter by nathaniel ha

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An analysis of the literary criticisms in young goodman brown and the scarlet letter by nathaniel ha

I AM accustomed, on reviewing at night the thoughts of the past day, to select that one which seems most worthy of preser- vation, and to enter it in my journal. Any remarkable senti- ment or fact, met in my reading, some personal experience, or the observation of others peculiarities, serves me for a nucleus and around it, I strive to gather the wisdom which the suns rev- olution has placed within my reach.

Out of this habit, have grown the following sentiments.

An analysis of the literary criticisms in young goodman brown and the scarlet letter by nathaniel ha

They form the few last pages of my diary. The desire of posthumous influence, or fame, is the only feel- ing under which a man can write, in a manner worthy of himself, or with that energy and completeness of thought, of which he is re- ally possessed. He who writes for, and is contented with, the applause of the present, will find his powers shackled by popular notions and his opinions seasoned too much to the prevailing taste, to possess the freedom and freshness of genius, or to bear, very legihly, the individual stamp of originality.

He omits many thoughts, which have struck him forcibly, lest they may not be understood by the many; while he who writes for, and with the prophetic boldness of genius in the surety of re- ceiving, the homage of posterity, knoxvs that his page shall one day receive that scrutiny, which shall develope the nicest and most delicate thoughts of his mind to the admiration of the world and untwist the thread of his eloquence and learning, till its ten- der filaments shall prove that beauty is a constituent of force and that the strength of a giant can lift a hair, as well as cut off a head, or topple down a castle.

I have often remarked, in sadness, the little feeling of affection, that seemed to subsist between brothers and sisters, or other near relatives, after time and distance, and the different allotments of life, had for a little while separated them.

They who, in their youth, have been as one; who have drunk from the same howl of joys and sorrows; have wept and been glad together; whom one electric chain of sympathy bound; who recoiled at the same blow ; these have lived through separation, have had their affec- tions weaned from those bound to them by such ties and hirth and blood, and turned into strange channels.

As the stream spar- Pages from my Diary. It is sad, for young hearts to helieve, that the love they now bear each other must one day become rather a matter of judgment and duty than an impulse of the heart; that the same fate probably awaits their affections, that has come to thousands, equally near and dear.

The hrother must reflect, that soon he must yield his right of prior attachment to those who, picked up midway in the journey of life, yet have better claims to love and sympathy, on to the end of the voyage. Still, much may be done to counteract the common influences of life. It is a narrow philosophy, that circumscrihes the affections of the heart declaring that it is only capable of transferring its love from one to another ; not of enlargin0 greatly the number of the objects of its regard.

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Far otherwise ; the soul expands more and more, with every effort of kindliness ; it cannot be crowded ; like that spirit of universal benevolence, whose sublimity consists more in his infinite love for the whole world, than in power or might that part of us, which stamps us with the image of our Maker; elevates itself more by the out- pourings of its affections, than by any exercise of intellectual power.

The study of Nature, and the habit of looking curiously into her laws and their ohjects besides the so obvious influence of purifying and spiritualizing the character teaches us human life.

It would seem that all natural phenomena, intimately viewed, ty- pify the changes of human existence ; and oftentimes instead of looking from life and spirit into Nature, for the illustration of some newly discovered law I have found it easy and profitable to reverse the operation ; and, when I see any nexv, and before unobserved, development of natural laws.

There are many favorite notions abroad in the world, which, true enough in the abstract, are entirely false in their practical bearings, and deceptive in every application for which they were Pages from my Diary. Such are Quinctilians famed remark, that no bad man can become a good orator; and Socratess trium- phant and decisive query, whether a bad man can possibly gain the affection of a good one ; the first of which maxims, Cicero, the greatest orator the world ever saw, refutes in person ; and the second of xvhich, every days experience and observation an- swers in the affirmative.

An analysis of the literary criticisms in young goodman brown and the scarlet letter by nathaniel ha

Such remarks are made by that part of the world, ambitious of doing good and encouraging virtue, and believed by the rest, who are willing to credit that which, at first thought, seems the proper and desirable order of things espe- cially since we readily worship every image of Virtue, that we may forestall the pardon of the goddess for those offences coin- mitted against her, at hours and places not particularly sacred.

But these notions remove farther off the end they would approx- imate.

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Error is always dangerous the more so, lurking under the armor of truth; and even laboring for the establishment of her dominion. An erroneous principle may serve well to annul one dangerous instance ; but, admitted for that purpose, it intro- duces a host of evil, and thus smashes the bottle-nose upon the judge, xvhen it only aimed at the troublesome fly upon his nose.

The great Messinian hero, Aristomenes, when thrown into the cavernous Ceanda, by the Spartans, and miraculously saved one from fifty by his shield, escaped from the cave, by seizing by the tail a fox, who came to feed on the carcasses of his com- panions ; and xvhile he with difficulty defended himself, with one hand, from its bite, he made its windings the clue of escape from the fatal labyrinth.

We should be more fortunate, if while we seize, with one hand, new and untried methods of escape, from the desperate difficulties of life we employed the other in guarding against the ills, that we ought to fear every new and tin- tried method to possess.

The world is too often souring in its effects upon those who have remained long in it. Either its accumulating sorrows over- burden, or the old are depressed by the loss of those capacities, that made them alive to pleasure ; or, influencing little the pro- gress of society, and ceasing to be useful, they cease to corn- mand the respect and attention of a selfish and interested world and painfully feel themselves displaced by the bustling generation, who, thinking them fools, they know to be such.

Whether from one or all these reasons, they too often look, with stern, unsym- pathizing apathy, upon the pleasures and gaieties of the youthful, and seem to expect the gravity and propriety of fourscore, from those who have hardly gotten over their surprise, on finding them- Pages from my Diary.

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But, we occasionally find an instance of one, who xvears a xvhite head, and has a cheer- ful heart one who seems not to have outlived the remembrance of his own youth, and who has so lived, as not to regret his ap- proach to the bourne. Who can tell the delightful influence such an one exerts!

Like the apples that have not fallen with the winds of autumn, they have lost their asperity with their fresh- ness and the frost has given them, with all their shriveled wrin- kles, a sweetness peculiarly their own.

As children run after the frost-apples, so run they after such persons.A poll of "literary luminaries" by The Observer stand for several virtues. Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown, The Devils Staff symbolises defiance of God, the characters names, such as Goodman and Faith, ironically serve as paradox in the conclusion of the story.

Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter, The scarlet letter The Scarlet Letter and a handftil of tales, notably "The Minister's Black Veil" and "Young Goodman Brown"—as well as, to a lesser extent, novels such as The House of the Seven Gables—have been constant placeholders in a shifting canon and in a shifting theoretical a +++ b/trunk/resources/arpa/ @@ -0,0 +1, @@ + +##### +# Presage, an extensible predictive text entry system +# +# +# Copyright (C) Matteo “Young Goodman Brown” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an allegorical story enriched with symbols many critics tried to decipher and explain.

Sometimes they explain them in mutually exclusive way. BMCI the Scarlet Letter - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online. The Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis.

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