Close Reading American Literature

The Insatiable Interest in Sin

“Well; she’s a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven.” (387) “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a short story that is heavily influenced by Puritan culture and history, especially the Salem Witch Trials. The story deals a lot with the theological… Continue reading The Insatiable Interest in Sin

Reflections on Hope Leslie

Magawisca, the Heroine

The novel Hope Leslie by Catharine Maria Sedgwick presents a historically controversial narrative of the interaction of some early Americans and the Native American people. Although the novel is titled after Hope Leslie, one of the Americans, the title of the book really should be “Magawisca”. Sedgwick made so many controversial literary choices that the… Continue reading Magawisca, the Heroine