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Ethan Brand

This excerpt from "Ethan Brand's Homecoming" published in New Essays on Hawthorne 's Major Tales, edited by Millicent Bell, Rita K. Gollin addresses Brand's homecoming and the irony of the theme for Hawthorne's life.

When Hawthorne wrenched 'Ethan Brand' out of himself, he did so by imposing on it circularities of plot, setting, and even logic that together constitute an ironic discourse on homecoming. From start to finish, the story interrogates sentimental concepts of home sweet home, and displaces them (90-91). (courtesy of Cambridge University Press)


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