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CONTENTS… About the character ………05 Literacy Analysis ……………08 Bibliography …………………..09 Summary ………………………..03 Interesting episodes ……..07 About the character ……..01

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About Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in July 4, 1804 in the city Salem, Massachusetts. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824,and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe in 1828. He published several short stories in various periodicals which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm. His birthplace is preserved and open to the public. Hawthorne's father, Nathaniel Hathorne, Sr., was a sea captain who died in 1808 of yellow fever in Suriname. After his death, young Nathaniel, his mother and two sisters moved in with maternal relatives, the Mannings, in Salem, where they lived for 10 years. During this time, on November 10, 1813, young Hawthorne was hit on the leg while playing "bat and ball“ and became lame and bedridden for a year, though several physicians could find nothing wrong with him.

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He has written about 8 novels ,9 short stories, 20 selected stories. “The great stone face story” was one of them. Hawthorne's works belong to romanticism or, more specifically, dark romanticism, cautionary tales that suggest that guilt, sin, and evil are the most inherent natural qualities of humanity. Many of his works are inspired by Puritan New England, combining historical romance loaded with symbolism and deep psychological themes, bordering on surrealism. His depictions of the past are a version of historical fiction used only as a vehicle to express common themes of ancestral sin, guilt and retribution. His later writings also reflect his negative view of the transcendentalism movement. Hawthorne was predominantly a short story writer in his early career. Upon publishing Twice-Told Tales, however, he noted, "I do not think much of them", and he expected little response from the public. His four major romances were written between 1850 and 1860: The Scarlet Letter (1850),The House Of The Seven Gables (1851), The Blithe dale Romance (1852) and The Marble Faun(1860). Another novel-length romance, Fanshawe was published anonymously in 1828. Hawthorne defined a romance as being radically different from novel by not being concerned with the possible or probable course of ordinary experience. In the preface to The House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne describes his romance-writing as using "atmospherically medium as to bring out or mellow the lights and deepen and enrich the shadows of the picture."

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S ummary… The story is about a boy that be called Ernest. In the beginning of this book he was a little boy and lived with his mother in the cottage where he was born. Ernest was about six years old when his mother told him a legendary story about the Great Stone Face: The Great Stone Face was a piece of Nature. Rain and wind had cut into the side of a mountain, now it looked like the face of a man. It had a high forehead, a long nose and great lips. His mom said, the Great Stone Face looks down at the people in the valley. The face always looked warm and sweet, like the face of an old man who loves all living things. The legendary story said that at some day a man walked down the city who was a look-a-like of the Great Stone Face. So everybody was looking for this man. The first man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a shopkeeper. His name was Gathergold. He was a very rich man and he had lots of diamonds and pearls. But after a while the people in the village knew that he wasn’t the man who loves all living things.

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The second man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a general. The people called him Old Blood-and-Thunder. This man had a strong will and a hard face, but not the wisdom and the love of the Great Stone Face. So he also wasn’t the man they were looking . The third man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a great statesman. The people called him Old Stony. But he also wasn’t the man that they were looking for, because he did not have the warm smile . All the years passed quickly. Ernest became an old and wise man. He read books of a poet. People in the great world, outside the valley, began to know about him. He had different ideas. He was inspired by one thing and that was the Great Stone Face. He told the people of the village some important things. The people where he talked to, saw that Ernest himself was the Great Stone Face. But Ernest was still hoping that some wiser and better man than himself would appear, bearing the likeness of the Great Stone Face. … for

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ABOUT THE CHARACTERS… Ernest The most important character is Ernest. In the beginning of the book, he was a little boy who lived with his mother in the village where he was born. Further through the story he became a very old and wise man. Ernest’s mom The most important character after Ernest was his mom. She told Ernest the story behind the great stone face. She told Ernest that great stone face was the piece of nature. Gathergold The first man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a shopkeeper. His name was Gathergold. He was a very rich man and he had lots of diamonds and pearls.

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….. G eneral The second man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a general. The people called him Old Blood-and-Thunder. This man had a strong will and a hard face, but not the wisdom and the love of the Great Stone Face . Old Stony The third man the people thought who was the look-a-like of the Great Stone Face, was a great statesman. The people called him Old Stony. But he also wasn’t the man that they were looking for, because he did not have the warm smile . *******************************

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Interesting episode of the story The end of the book was the most fascinating part.  He was inspired by one thing and that was the Great Stone Face. He told the people of the village some important things. The people where he talked to, saw that Ernest himself was the Great Stone Face. But Ernest was still hoping that some wiser and better man than himself would appear, bearing the likeness of the Great Stone Face. I didn’t expect that Ernest was the likeness of the Great Stone Face.

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LITERACY ANLYSIS

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IMAGINATION The whole story goes about the Great Stone Face The Great Stone Face was a work of Nature. Rain and wind had cut into the side of a mountain, now it looked like the face of a man. It had a high forehead, a long nose and great lips. The Great Stone Face: A big face of stone. The story goes about some kind of love between this legendary story and Ernest END OF STORY In the end of the story the people where he talked to, saw that Ernest himself was the Great Stone Face. But Ernest was still hoping that some wiser and better man than himself would appear, bearing the likeness of the Great Stone Face.

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Textbook -Honeydew (class VIII th – NCERT Publications) Internet – Wikipedia Internet – www.google.co.in Oxford Dictionary Computer 10 Bibliography