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Ch 21: The Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Nathaniel Hawthorne short story unit of a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • A summary and analysis of Hawthorne's 'Rappaccini's Daughter'
  • Settings, characters, conflicts, themes and symbolism in 'Rappaccini's Daughter'
  • Examples of science vs. nature in 'Rappaccini's Daughter'
  • Literary criticism about 'Rappaccini's Daughter'

31 Lessons in Chapter 21: The Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Rappaccini's Daughter: Summary & Analysis

1. Rappaccini's Daughter: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will summarize the short story ''Rappaccini's Daughter'' (1844) by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a celebrated figure of American literature and short-story pioneer, and provide an analysis of its style and content.

Rappaccini's Daughter: Theme & Symbolism

2. Rappaccini's Daughter: Theme & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a number of symbols in 'Rappaccini's Daughter' to underscore the story's themes and allow readers to find additional layers of meaning in this classic short story.

Rappaccini's Daughter: Characters & Setting

3. Rappaccini's Daughter: Characters & Setting

This lesson will use quotations and themes from the text as a means of discussing the characters and setting of Nathanial Hawthorne's ~'Rappaccini's Daughter~'.

Science vs. Nature in Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

4. Science vs. Nature in Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

'Rappaccini's Daughter' is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that explores the potential peril involved in the collision of science and the creation within which it exists.

Rappaccini's Daughter Literary Criticism

5. Rappaccini's Daughter Literary Criticism

This lesson will provide an overview of some of the major literary criticism on Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story 'Rappaccini's Daughter.' We will also look at some of the themes that are thought to be found in the short story.

Conflict in Rappaccini's Daughter

6. Conflict in Rappaccini's Daughter

This lesson will look at several kinds of conflict in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, 'Rappaccini's Daughter' (1844). It will first examine narrative conflicts and then connect them to thematic conflicts.

Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary & Analysis

7. Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will examine the short story 'Wakefield' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. We will summarize the events of the story followed by a more detailed analysis.

Characters in The House of the Seven Gables

8. Characters in The House of the Seven Gables

In this lesson, you will learn about the primary characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The House of the Seven Gables,' which includes figures from the 17th and 19th centuries.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales Summary

9. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales Summary

Hawthorne's first published book, 'Twice-Told Tales,' established him as a American literary force in the early 1800s. This lesson summarizes the most notable stories from this collection.

Roger Malvin's Burial by Hawthorne: Summary & Analysis

10. Roger Malvin's Burial by Hawthorne: Summary & Analysis

In 'Roger Malvin's Burial', Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of Reuben Bourne, a man haunted by guilt after he breaks his promise to a dying man. Reuben Bourne lives with the dreadful secret until a terrible sacrifice finally releases him from the past.

My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Summary & Analysis

11. My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Summary & Analysis

Nathaniel Hawthorne's story is a coming-of-age tale with political undertones. This lesson will help you fully understand the plot of the story before giving you an analysis that will help you comprehend the text's meaning.

My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Theme & Symbolism

12. My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Theme & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories can be as difficult as they are rewarding. In this lesson you'll unpack Hawthorne's dense Romantic-period writing to uncover a wealth of symbolism and multiple themes.

My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Characters & Quotes

13. My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Characters & Quotes

Hawthorne's classic short story offers plenty to think about, but before you dive into themes it's good to have a firm grasp on the basics. In this lesson, you'll learn about the characters through a list of important quotes to support your insights.

The Minister's Black Veil by Hawthorne: Summary & Quotes

14. The Minister's Black Veil by Hawthorne: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, we will go over a summary of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 19th-century short story 'The Minister's Black Veil.' We will then cover some important quotations from the text..

The Minister's Black Veil by Hawthorne: Theme & Analysis

15. The Minister's Black Veil by Hawthorne: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn about the principal theme of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Minster's Black Veil,'' in addition to seeing some analysis of the short story.

The Gray Champion: Summary & Theme

16. The Gray Champion: Summary & Theme

When the people are down-trodden and oppressed by an evil ruler, only one man can stand up for them: The Gray Champion. Read this lesson to review the main events and themes in Hawthorne's patriotic story.

The Ambitious Guest: Summary & Theme

17. The Ambitious Guest: Summary & Theme

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Ambitious Guest' a young stranger enjoys the hospitality of a family living on an isolated mountaintop. As the family and the stranger reveal their ambitions for the future, they have no way of knowing that a shared fate awaits them all.

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment: Summary & Analysis

18. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson we will take a closer look at ''Dr. Heidegger's Experiment,'' a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. You'll read a summary and learn about the tone and theme of the story.

The Celestial Railroad: Summary & Analysis

19. The Celestial Railroad: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you'll learn about a fascinating short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1843. The story, called 'The Celestial Railroad,' follows a rail train headed to the Celestial City.

The Artist of the Beautiful: Summary & Analysis

20. The Artist of the Beautiful: Summary & Analysis

'The Artist of the Beautiful' is a short story by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, first published in 1844. The story explores the value of making art for its beauty rather than for a practical purpose.

Ethan Brand: Summary & Analysis

21. Ethan Brand: Summary & Analysis

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Ethan Brand' is an eerie warning about the pursuit of knowledge. Read this lesson to see a summary of the plot and an analysis of the greater meaning from the story.

The Great Stone Face: Summary & Analysis

22. The Great Stone Face: Summary & Analysis

'The Great Stone Face' is Nathaniel Hawthorne's story about one man's quiet journey to greatness and wisdom. This lesson explains the basic plot of the story before analyzing the text's underlying messages about divinity and human nature.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Analysis

23. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Analysis

In the short story 'The Ambitious Guest,' author Nathaniel Hawthorne masterfully develops the themes of ambition and how one defines contentment in life. In this lesson, we will analyze the story and reveal its greater meaning.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Irony

24. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Irony

When expectation leads you one way but the story takes a turn down another, that is irony. In this lesson, we will cover the irony in 'The Ambitious Guest' written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Characters & Character Analysis

25. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Characters & Character Analysis

'The Ambitious Guest' is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this lesson, we will cover the main characters of this story and analyze them and their behavior.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Setting

26. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Setting

Mountain life is simple, albeit dangerous. Those living in the mountains are isolated; those visiting need a safe haven. The mountain takes a life of its own. Visit the landscape presented in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Ambitious Guest.'

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Point of View

27. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Point of View

The short story ''The Ambitious Guest'' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an expression of how we must choose our motivations wisely, or risk becoming discontent with the precious life we have. In this lesson, we will explore the Third Person point of view as it is written in this tragic short story.

The Ambitious Guest: Conflict, Climax & Resolution

28. The Ambitious Guest: Conflict, Climax & Resolution

Bizarre conversations intermixed with the mountain's fury infiltrate the family's and the guest's evening 'The Ambitious Guest' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's a peculiar night with conflict, and the story's climax and resolution are a result of this.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

29. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

'The Ambitious Guest' is a short story built on irony and is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The best way to know the characters of a story is by what they say. In this lesson, we will cover quotes from this story.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Symbolism

30. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Ambitious Guest' tells the story of a family, their guest, and the experiences they have together one evening. This lesson looks at the symbolism in the story.

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Foreshadowing

31. The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne Foreshadowing

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Ambitious Guest,' nature is a force to be reckoned with, and the family and their visitors soon realize this. In the end, they face their demise; the mountain is too strong a force. Could they have foreseen their deaths?

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