Hawthorne Essay: Human Nature & Human Passion
What is human passion? It is mostly defined as any powerful emotion. Such as desire, love, hate, lust, etc. Nathaniel Hawthorne has a tendency to include the power of human nature in his writings. In Both “The Minister’s Black Veil” and The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne demonstrates how human nature is associated with human passion. He mainly targets the act of sin as his example of human nature regarding human passion. Hawthorne also seems to expose the true hypocrisy of the Puritan lifestyle, especially in these two stories.
In the story “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne wrote about a man named Reverend Hooper. Hooper wore a black veil throughout the story in attempt to make a point to everyone that they all sinned, whether they wanted to admit it or not, and there was no point in trying to hide their sins… considering God was aware of them regardless of who else knew. In this story, Reverend Hooper spent his time trying to get the Puritan people to understand that everyone sinned. He was the one person that was not afraid to admit that it is in a human’s nature to sin. Hawthorne uses Hooper to point out the fact that we all sin simply because of human passion. Without the strong emotions all humans feel, we would not be driven to sin.
The Scarlet Letter is a tale of sin, human condition, and the nature of evil. Once again, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses this story to reveal the true hypocrisy of the Puritan lifestyle. In this book, sin seems to come natural to the people in the Puritan Settlement of seventeenth century Boston. Hester Prynne, the main character of the book, was a constant example of sin and human passion. Her husband forced her to return to America all alone. Therefore she became vulnerable, and she missed love. She gave into temptation because of passion (as it is in human nature to do so) and had an affair while her husband was gone, therefore giving herself the label “Adulterer.” But that is not...