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The Works Of Nathaniel Hawthorne And Edgar Allan Poe

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When discussing romantic writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne, I believe, immediately comes to mind. Even though, Poe is not one of the authors that come to mind immediately, he cannot be forgotten as a romantic writer as well. People mainly think that Hawthorne and Poe are polar opposites but they are not so different. Yes, Hawthorne and Poe write differently and have different views they both write about the dark aspects of romanticism. When my sister was in high school her favorite subject was English, even though, she was not very good at it, she loved to write. Well when her English class got to the point of reading Poe and Hawthorne; my sister went against everybody’s expectations and fell in love with Poe and his writings. She loved the darkness of his stories and the unexpected twists that I too fell in love with.
Now enough about Poe for a minute, Hawthorne was also an amazing writer. His stories brought out the best in Romanticism. The Scarlett Letter was one of those stories that just captured you from the beginning and kept you interested until you could not put the book down. So even though Poe was and still is our favorite romantic author; Hawthorne is a very close second.
It is not hard to be able to compare these two wonderful authors because they are so much alike. I was browsing on the internet looking at some essays that other students and so forth have written about Poe and Hawthorne and always came across that same thing that they are not so different. Now when I first read a story by both authors I thought they were polar opposites and that it would be difficult finding comparisons now I know it is completely the opposite it is going to be hard to find contrasts. One essay from bookrags.com said, “They were both allegorical writers whose stories were giving a message to the reader, so in comparison there are in some text the same and only the way the write separates them.” I completely agree with that statement. They are both allegorical writers and they do not have many things that separate them.
Both Hawthorne and Poe grew up with either one of their parents dying or in Poe’s case both parents. Both of their lives basically started in tragedy. Beginning their lives in grief sets them up for a challenging life. Hawthorne who only his father passed away grew up with a loving mother but every boy needs a father figure in their life which Hawthorne was not able to have. Both of Poe’s parents died so he went to live with the Allan’s which was his foster family. The Allen’s moved around and eventually ended up moving to England. Poe moved back to Virginia to go to college. Both authors went to college in the United States and both were majoring in writing. Poe enlisted into the US Army for two years because he was not able to pay for his gambling debts and schooling, which caused Poe and his foster father to stop speaking and to start separating. Now Poe started going through life without a father for guidance as did Hawthorne. ...

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