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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Their festivities are interrupted by the arrival of John Endicott and his Puritan followers.

The Maypole of Merry Mount

Heidegger’s Experiment ” ” The Ambitious Guest “. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 2 May There be qualities in the youth which may make him valiant to fight and sober to toil and pious to pray, and in the maiden that may fit her to become a mother in our Israel, bringing up babes in better nurture than her own hath been.

Since ancient times, Europeans have erected maypoles for such festivals, usually taking place on May 1 but sometimes also taking place on Midsummer Eve June 23 as a solstice celebration. In practicing their austere way of life, the Puritans go to the extreme, becoming sadistic spiritual policemen. Following are examples from “The Maypole hawthogne Merry Mount”: Truly, as Endicott had said, the poor lovers stood in a woeful case.

Amen, saith John Endicott! Comus paragraphs 4, 5, and Further penalties, such as branding and cropping of ears, shall be thought of hereafter. Refresh and try again. Lane Ward rated it liked it Aug 04, Thus this tale becomes an account of an expulsion from the Garden in which the Puritans are the snakes bringing knowledge of good and evil but also the Lord’s angels, the bearers of flaming swords. He smiled at the fair spectacle of early love; he almost sighed for the inevitable blight of early tue.


The former eventually experience a kind of malaise in middle age.

The May-Pole of Merry Mount. The youth and maiden go from being Merry Mounters to, presumably, becoming members of the Puritan community. Study Questions and Essay Topics. We rather doubt his identity with the priest of Merry Mount.

The Maypole of Merry Mount by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Maypole of Merry Mount. The only time he mentions it is when the youth and maiden suddenly realise that their mirth is visionary and that by truly loving they had mwypole themselves “to earth’s doom of care and sorrow, and troubled joy, and had no more a home at Merry Mount”. Howard Hanson ‘s opera Merry Mount is loosely based on the story. The people of Merrymount, whom Hawthorne calls the “crew of Comus,” celebrate the marriage of a youth and a maiden Edgar and Edith.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The player plucked the strings.

Twice-Told Tales, by Nathanthiel Hawthorne : The Maypole of Merry Mount.

Endicott fhe spelled Endecott later served several terms as governor and deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Sep 02, Dan rated it it was amazing. 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.

The maypole is a beautiful sight, contrasting hawthornd with the grotesque costumers of revelers holding hands around it. Omunt a wanderer bewildered in the melancholy forest heard their mirth and stolen a half-affrighted glance, he might have fancied od the crew of Comus, some already transformed to brutes, some midway between man and beast, and the others rioting in the flow of tipsy jollity that foreran the change; but a band of Puritans who watched the scene, invisible themselves, compared the masques to those devils and ruined souls with whom their superstition peopled the black wilderness.


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. They dance around a may-pole and are described as resembling forest creatures.

The most charming part of this story is that it ends with a compassionate, gentle John Endicott welcoming the couple into the Puritan community.

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

Set some of the rogues in the stocks to rest themselves so soon as Providence shall bring us to one of our own well-ordered settlements where such accommodations may be found. This time he was imprisoned in Boston and later exiled to Maine. Kelly Smith rated it really liked it Oct 19,