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Hawthornes Life Versus Life In The Scarlet Letter To understand a book the reader must understand the background and lifetime of the author Nathaniel Hawthornes childhood was one in which he was brought up by a conservative family in a Puritan Community He was not totally sold on his cultures ideas on many subjects His own uncle was a judge in the witch trials of Salem Hawthorne was embarrassed about his uncle and his involvement in the witch trials Hawthorne was born July 4 1804 and the only son of Captain and Elizabeth Clarke Manning Hawthorne Hawthornes father died when he was four so he was brought up mainly by his mother His mother moved his family to her uncles house where she distanced herself from Hawthorne After she left he was brought up by his grandmother She was an avid Puritan and instilled these beliefs into Nathaniel Hawthorne He felt so distanced from his family he added a w to his last name so it would be different Hawthornes education was not the norm for a Puritan boy He was injured when he was nine so he did not go to school which was no problem for Hawthorne who was not a big fan of school at the time This time allowed for Hawthorne to explore and do many things other children could not do because of school During Hawthornes early childhood he did a lot of soul searching and finding his place in society After he recovered from his injury he resumed school and went to Bowdoin College He was an average student there and graduated in the middle of his class After graduating he went spent twelve years in this dismal chamber which was a room in his mothers home In the twelve years that Hawthorne spent in seclusion he perfected his skills as an author He published his first
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