Hawthorne's "The Blithedale Romance"
An examination of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Blithedale Romance", which details the lives of several characters who live through the creation and eventual failure of a Utopian commune called Blithedale.
# 46419 | 1,784 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 |
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Based on his own experiences at a utopian farm in the 1840s, Hawthorne wrote "The Blithedale Romance" in order to show the deficiency of much of the Transcendentalist's beliefs. This paper explains how Hawthorne uses the experience of his characters in Blithedale to critique Transcendentalist ideas, such as romantic idealism, ideal communities, the relationship of self to others, the possibility of a communal soul, and the possibility of an idealized pastoral world existing in contemporary society.
From the Paper:"While most of the characters begin their stay at Blithedale strongly believing in the romantic ideals that underlie the commune's belief system, at the end of the novel, these beliefs are dramatically shaken. In fact, some of the characters begin to wonder what the worth of such idealistic devotions could be in the first place. Faced with a growing disillusionment with Blithedale, the loss of her family fortunes, and depressed by her unrequited love of Hollingsworth, Zenobia commits suicide by drowning herself. Indeed, while this decision might seem like a romantic, impulsive death, since she drowned herself out of love for another person, Westervelt questions the validity of such an intense romantic action."
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