Hawthorne's Fiction and Women Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Hawthorne's Fiction and Women
An analysis of the female characters in Hawthorne's novels," The Blithedale Romance" and "The House of Seven Gables".
# 43308 | 1,400 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 24, 2003 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper examines and analyzes the female characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novels, "The Blithedale Romance" and "The House of Seven Gables". The paper highlights how Hawthorne's portrayal of the female characters reflected contemporary nineteenth century notions of the role of the female gender in proper society, and supported Victorian values. The paper considers the criticism of these novels and asserts that from today's more liberal perspective, some of his depictions of course appear very chauvinist and rigidly sexist, but in other ways he was ahead of his time in recognizing the strengths of women and their value to society.

From the Paper:

"One can gain some rare and valuable insights into Nathaniel Hawthorne's attitude towards women by taking note of the fact that he was notorious in his time for his contempt for contemporary women authors. For example, Hawthorne once complained in a letter to one of his publishers that a "damn'd mob of scribbling women" was stealing his audience. In another letter he referred to women authors as "ink-stained Amazons" who were "without a single exception, detestable," and once expressed his wish that all women be "forbidden to write, on pain of having their faces deeply scarified with an oyster-shell." (Hawthorne)
"Opinions over the years since Hawthorne's death have varied concerning to what degree personal views of female authors such as these influenced Hawthorne's depiction of women in his novels. Some people feel that the female characters in novels such as The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance reflect his real life views, while others disagree, and see very little connection at all between the real and fictional worlds of Nathaniel Hawthorne."

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