Hawthorne's isolate and the holy hearth
Blackwell, Dana Early
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One of the major themes throughout the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays an image of men and women who are physically and morally isolated from the world. So extensive was Hawthorne's interest in this problem that it emerges as a distinct concern in his philosophy. This thesis will discuss the process, as put forth by Hawthorne, by which an individual is drawn apart from humanity and then will describe the only solution the author saw for the isolated individual. Only male isolates can be brought back to the world, and only love for a pure woman can accomplish this act. Basic definitions and explanations of isolation of the heart or of the intellect will be given and supported by specific examples; the means of redemption will also be explained. Orientation to the life of Hawthorne will be provided, since the entire concept of isolation and redemption seemingly evolved from the author's personal experience and environment. Characters other than those involved.in this concept of isolation and salvation will be approached only as they serve to more clearly delineate and clarify this particular aspect of Hawthorne's philosophy.
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