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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O people of the Golden Age, the chief of your husbandry was to raise flowers! It could not be that the fauns and nymphs, when driven from their classic groves and homes of ancient fable, had sought refuge, as all the persecuted did, in the fresh woods of the West.

Twice-Told Tales, by Nathanthiel Hawthorne

That very thought—that the joy of the moment would soon be replaced with the humdrum routine of everyday life and all its cares and sorrows—had just crossed her mind, says Edith.

To some readers, it symbolizes the Garden of Eden.

The young man tells her that this is the best moment of their lives. But some of these black shadows have rushed forth in human shape. Escape can refer to anything that enables a person to retreat from everyday life, such as a drug or og dream, or simply indolence.

The masques, mummeries and festive customs described in the text are in accordance with the manners of the age. Through a world of toil and care she flitted with a hwwthorne smile, and came hither to find a home among the lightsome hearts of Merry Mount. He also orders the youth cut his hair in the “pumpkin shell” style in order to show the Puritan’s strictness.


To ask other readers questions about The Maypole of Merry Mountplease sign hawthotne. Deb rated it liked it Dec 11, The May-Pole of Merry Mount.

Let him look to himself. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus, at yuletide, they crowned a king of Christmas and appointed a lord of misrule to manage Christmas merrymaking, including feasts, theatrical entertainment, and masques.

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Perhaps an allusion to the Dionysia and the orgia, festivals in ancient Greece dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. Were the means at hand, I would resist to the death; being powerless, I entreat. On festivals, there was no merriment; they simply fasted. The most charming part of this story is that it ends with a compassionate, gentle John Endicott welcoming the couple into the Puritan community.

Now leave we the priest to marry them, and the masquers to sport round the Maypole till the last sunbeam be withdrawn from its summit and the shadows of the forest mingle gloomily in the dance. It is very typical of Hawthorne, who used early Puritan New England in many of his settings. Behind this lightsome couple, so close to the Maypole that its boughs shaded his jovial face, stood the figure of an English priest, canonically dressed, yet decked with flowers, in heathen fashion, and wearing a chaplet of the native vine leaves.

They also built bonfires to dance around. At sunset in the town of Merry Mount on June 23, Midsummer Eve, a maypole—a tall, slender pine tree—stands decorated with flowers, blossoms, and ribbons.


Being a descendant of the earliest arrivals who were seeking freedom over o before, Hawthorne must have known well the stories that typically lie behind official tales, such mountt those that we find from William BradfordJohn EndicottJohn Winthropand others.

Morton escaped to England, then returned to America only to provoke officials one more time. Unable to tolerate the merrymaking at the village, which became known as Merry Mount, the Puritans raided the settlement, cut down the maypole, and exiled Morton to the Isles of Shoals, an archipelago of nine islands about six miles off the coast of New Hampshire.

Much of Hawthorne’s writing mouny around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. Stricken by the newlyweds, he spares them but orders they put on more conservative clothing.

The May-Pole of Merry Mount – Wikipedia

The only music they allowed was the singing of hymns. In their quietest times they sang ballads and told tales for the edification of their pious visitors, or perplexed them with juggling tricks, or grinned hawghorne them through horse-collars; and when hawhtorne itself grew wearisome, they made game of their own stupidity and began a yawning-match. Morton stayed on with the remaining settlers and renamed the village Ma-re Mount.

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