Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

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It Came From the Focus List, part 1

So, good day, eh. Welcome to a new feature here at Travelogue From My Inner Skull, wherein I put for your enjoyment strange or noteworthy things I've discovered during the readings for my comprehensive examinations.

So, the character of Zenobia in Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance--a stuck-up, pain-in-the-ass bluestocking--is supposedly a (thinly) veiled portrayal of Margaret Fuller. (This may be old news to some, but it's new to me.) At the end, Zenobia drowns; in real life, Margaret Fuller drowned in a shipwreck.

Cynthia Davis says that the death of Zenobia was not only a reference to the death of Fuller, but "a tasteless parody." She also asserts that Hawthorne was pretty damn near obsessed with Fuller because he hated her so much.

You know what? If Hawthorne made a character's death look similar to Margaret Fuller's, that's not tasteless. That's just fucking funny. And if Hawthorne was that obsessed over Fuller, that's even funnier.
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