A Dark Journey into the Self: A Comparative Reading At first glance the author Nathaniel Hawthorne and the poet Emily Dickinson may appear to have little in common, but upon deeper investigation it becomes clear that these two esteemed writers and their works deal with similar themes. Throughout their careers both authors wrestled with internal demons linked to their pasts, struggled with social isolation and emotional conflicts, and sought to make peace with the religious dogmas with which they were raised. In their writings, both authors took what historian Rita Gollin describes as a “dark journey into the self” ( n.p .). Both author’s works delve deep into the unconscious and struggle with sorting out the binary oppositions of: reality...The end:
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