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It seems to me that in both of the Hawthorne stories he is pointing out plenty of moral sin taken place in human beings. I was just curious to know if Hawthorne had any contradictions with religion or human nature in general that caused him to display it as his focus in most of his stories.
-- Anonymous, February 05, 2000
I don't necessarily know if Hawthorne had a problem with religion, but I think he was always trying to get a point across in his stories. I think he wanted people to learn hidden lessons from what he wrote, because I know I did.
-- Anonymous, February 07, 2000
I think that as a rule, people are drawn to things like that. Even if we are 100% perfect in our religion (which will never happen)we are apt to point out things that we see as being wrong or sinful. We are all born with sinful nature and the way you combat the evil in yourself is important. Yes, it seems to me like Hawthorne was having spiritual problems that were causing him to point out these sins.
-- Anonymous, March 14, 2000