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American Literature The Error of Jollity and Gloom Outline Thesis In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Maypole of Merry Mount Edith and Edgar represent the error of jollity and gloom IEdith and Edgar realize that foolish jollity is nave A The Lord and Lady of the May learn to love truly B The Lord and Lady learn that the focus of life is more than simple pleasures IIEdith and Edgar realize that pessimistic gloom is dispensable AThe Lord and Lady see Endicott softened BThe Lord and Lady understand that the focus of life is more than sin IIIEdith and Edgar realize that life is neither all jollity nor all gloom A The Lord and Lady are able to bring joy to the Puritans B The Lord and Lady have no desire to return to the forest The Error of Jollity and Gloom The American Romantic Age of literature where authors focus on emotions was a reaction against the Neoclassic Age of literature where authors focused on rational thought The Romantics began writing about the individual and nature by focusing on imaginative literature that uses distant settings in time and space The Maypole of Merry Mount by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains many of these attributes which classify this story as a Romantic piece This allegorical story also shows Hawthornes objection towards the ideas of two different groups of people In The Maypole of Merry Mount Edith and Edgar represent the error of both jollity and gloom Edith and Edgar come to realize that foolish jollity is naive The Lord and Lady of the May realize this naivete when they learn to truly love When Edgar notices that something is bothering Edith he turns toward her and chancing to look into his Ladys eyes was wonder struck at the almost pensive glance that met his own 762 This pensive glance is a realization that comes only from the
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