Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
For Hawthorne pride is the root evil, for it is a voluntary separation by which man sets himself aloof from conmunication with himself, his fellow men, and God. Pride is an attitude which takes possession of him first as he allows himself to become blinded to his own faults and inadequacies, next as he ignores the virtues and claims of his fellow men, and eventually as he develops the bigoted idea that since he is superior to the rest of tho human race, he must make himself a place on the Godly level. He is now completely isolated from humanity by his own choice, from God by the incongruity of his presumptive claims, and from himself by the absence or any further self-comnunication on the basis of honest humility.
Behler, Violet Enid, "Pride and Penalty in Hawthorne's Tales" (1960). Graduate Thesis Collection. 467.