Maurice Maeterlinck and Pelléas et Mélisande, Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter: A Comparative Study Page: 1
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An expanse of ocean and a generation separate
Maurice Maeterlinck and Nathaniel Hawthorne, but they
are united by the obvious important similarities, not only
in their attitudes and, to some degree, the Transcendental
influence exerted upon them, but especially, and most
significantly, in two of their principal works: Maeterlinck's
play Pelleas et Melisande and Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet
Letter. The purpose of this paper is to study in great
detail the extent of these similarities.
First of all it becomes apparent that the attitudes
of Maurice Maeterlinck and Nathaniel Hawthorne most closely
approach one another in a search for a meaningful truth in
life and in their desire for solitude; there is a parallel
in some degree in their attitudes about the function of the
artist and in their dislike of structured religion. Each man,
too, endured a period of pessimism which necessarily flavored
Furthermore, the philosophy of Transcendentalism had
a definite and lasting effect on the authors' thinking.
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Elliott, Linda Louise. Maurice Maeterlinck and Pelléas et Mélisande, Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter: A Comparative Study, thesis, December 1974; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663250/m1/4/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .