to “The Maypole of Merry Mount” .Hawthorne wrote the following introduction to the story: .There is an. Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories study guide The settlers of Merry Mount particularly venerated the Maypole. Settlers of Merry Mount worshiped the maypole, which they decorated with flowers or leaves, depending on season, danced around it, called it.

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May 19, Vaishali rated it liked it Shelves: As the story continues to evolve, Hawthorne writes that the glow of the lovers exceeds through the darkness of the dusk, symbolizing the relationship between the darkness and the newlyweds to be complementary in a fashion.

The only music they allowed was the singing of hymns. The maypole could be seen from the sea and could serve as a landmark to guide people to nount village. The Merry Mounters sometimes sang ballads or told stories for their grim visitors, juggled for them, or paraded around for them in their strange costumes.

Because it is highly imaginative, emphasizes strong emotions, and casts nature flowers, trees, animals, woods, sunlight, mahpole dusk in a prominent role, the story falls within the genre of romanticism. To some readers, it symbolizes the Garden of Eden.

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Hawthorns combines aspects of the story in ways so that it is clear to the reader upon analyzation that everything is paradoxically itself, and yet its opposite, so as to create the equilibrium of the finer things in existence.

Here is the description, with the foreshadowing phrase highlighted in hawghorne The leader of the hostile party stood in the centre of the circle, while the rout of monsters cowered around him like evil spirits in the presence of a dread magician.


The climax occurs when Endicott determines the fate of the young couple.

Well written, it was easy to read and the author painted a beautiful picture of life at Merry Mount. But perhaps this is not really surprising, for it reinforces Hawthorne’s complex vision of the Puritan heart as a congeries of principles and secrets, a heart which holds within it all the things it believes it has conquered: In January at a special conference at Hampton Court Palace near London, the king rejected most of the proposed Puritan reforms, but he did grant a Puritan request for a new translation of the Bible, which resulted in publication of the King James Version in In the United Kingdom, dancers in some festivals hold a ribbon attached to the top of the pole.

Endicott also spelled Endecott later served several terms as governor and deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In the slight sketch here attempted the facts recorded on the grave pages of our New England annalists have wrought ahwthorne almost spontaneously into a sort of allegory. The most charming part of this story is that it ends with a compassionate, gentle John Endicott welcoming the couple into the Puritan community.

Mzypole can refer to anything that enables a person to retreat from everyday life, such as a drug or a dream, or simply indolence. On his head is a wreath of vine leaves. Bright roses glowed in contrast with the dark and glossy curls of each, and were scattered round their feet or had sprung up spontaneously there. A fourth is in the guise of a bear. Early in the morning—even before sunrise—they gathered to say prayers. Study Questions and Essay Topics.


His left hand holds the fingers of a pretty maiden in colorful apparel. In medieval and Renaissance England, a person designated to oversee Christmas merrymaking, including hawtuorne parties.

To ask other readers questions about The Maypole of Merry Mountplease sign up. It is not too difficult to see the Merry Mounters as the precursors of hippies Beatsor, perhaps, more accurately free thinkers or the Puritans as the archetype of the establishment.

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The ring of gay masquers was disordered and broken; the stag lowered his antlers in dismay; the maypolle grew weaker than a lamb; the bells of the morrice-dancers tinkled with tremulous affright.

Their extremist ideology caused them to harm those who believed anything other than strict Puritan views, ripping families apart, murdering the innocent, and thus sparking the intent of many authors to write about their grim character.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Want to Read saving…. To the Merry Mount residents, it symbolizes a pleasureful way of life. Their festivities are interrupted by the arrival of John Endicott and his Puritan followers. Many Puritans then emigrated to America and established their brand of religion in Massachusetts and other colonies.

Comus tries to tempt a woman into committing sin, but fails. The Maypole of Merry Mount by Hawthorne.