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What is Hawthorne’s opinion – English homework help


The following excerpt represents Nathaniel Hawthorne¿s opinion about what it means when children do not have the same “birthplace” as their parents:

Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil.  My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.


Flourish: to be successful; prosper

Unaccustomed:  unfamiliar

Excerpt from “The Custom-House,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1850.



What is Hawthorne’s opinion?  To what extent do you agree with his opinion?  Using examples from your own experience to support your ideas, explain why you do or why you do not agree with him. Make specific reference to the text and your own knowledge or experience in your essay.


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