Nathaniel Hawthorne

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What is it that haunted Hawthorne?  In other words, explain why he became so dark and despondent

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Several factors are believed to have contributed to the dark tone found in many of Hawthorne's writings. First, Hawthorne grew up in a very strictly religious environment in New England, something that becomes a reoccurring theme in his stories. We can see the struggle that he had with the legalism of Puritan New England in stories such as The Scarlet Letter, "The Birthmark," and "Young Goodman Brown

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