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by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne:. Hawthorne once said: “I do not want to be a doctor and live by man’s diseases, nor a minister to live by their sins, nor a lawyer and live by their quarrels. So, I don’t see that there is anything left for me but to be an author.”. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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1Nathaniel Hawthorne:

Hawthorne once said: I do not want to be a doctor and live by mans diseases, nor a minister to live by their sins, nor a lawyer and live by their quarrels. So, I dont see that there is anything left for me but to be an author.2About the Author:Born July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass.Reclusive at timesServed as a magazine editorWorked in the Salem Custom HouseLived at Brook FarmWrote Twice-Told Tales, The House of Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter, etc.Married Sophia Peabody and fathered Una (who became the model for Pearl)Served as the United States Consul to LiverpoolDied in 1864 Buried in Concord, MassachusettsGreat-great-great-great grandfather, John Hathorne, was judge at Salem witch trials

3Historical Context:Boston Colony founded 1630John Winthrop (leader)Puritans wanted to purify the Church of England of all traces of Catholicism in liturgy, theology, and church organization Recognized the Bible as the sole source of religious authorityMaintained a theocracyBelieved in predestination or Doctrine of the Elect Inflicted public punishments to deter others from straying from righteousness (hanging, whipping, humiliation, etc.)

4The Custom House:Hawthorne claims to have gotten the idea for this novel from the papers of Jonathan Pue. Among the papers, Hawthorne allegedly found an embroidered scarlet A and information on Hester Prynne.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne authorUnnamed Narrator(from Hawthornes time)Narrator finds manuscript in Customs House written by Jonathan Pue from 100 years before narrator works there.Pues manuscript tells the story of Hester Prynne of 100 years before Pues time.Created by Mrs. W. WarrenFrame Story:6Describes the interior/exterior of the Custom HouseDescribes Hawthornes feelings about his native town of SalemMakes critical comments about the Whig party/ reveals Hawthornes involvement as a DemocratDescribes his early attempts to write Hesters story.The Custom House:7Defining Scarlet:Function: adjective1of the color scarlet2 a : grossly and glaringly offensive