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05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
As an English major, I realize that this book is entertaining but I think that it is cheapened when that is the only comment that is made. The book is not just about mystery and revenge. It carries along with these themes a very important massage concerning the role of women in society and also explores the fundamental ideas surrounding transcendentalism. It is also important to note that it is a satire on American society of that time and carries with it the hypocrisy of American Materialism. Overall, the book is very entertaining and has an abundance of romantic ideals but Hawthorne’s intention was not solely to entertain his readers with these ideas, but rather to educate them on his views of the subjugation of women during the time period, and the hopelessness of American society.