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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At the sound the Puritan leader glanced at the crew of Comus, each a figure of broad mirth, yet at this moment strangely expressive of sorrow and dismay.

Yet the deepening twilight could not kf conceal that the iron man was softened. Here might be seen the salvage man — well known in heraldry — hairy as a baboon and girdled with green leaves.

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One of the men may be in the guise of an animal. Emma Mohr rated it mounr was amazing Oct 30, But what was the wild throng that stood hand in hand about the Maypole? For information about them, see Historical Background: They went heavenward supporting each other along the difficult path which it was their lot to tread, and never wasted one regretful thought on the vanities of Merry Mount.

With the help of Indians, they raised the pole, a pine tree eighty feet tall with a pair of deer horns nailed near the top. Once, it is said, they were seen following a flower-decked corpse with merriment and festive music to his grave.

The leader of the hostile party stood in the centre of the circle, while the rout of monsters cowered around him like evil spirits in the presence of a dread hawthotne.


Endicott and his Puritan followers suppress freedom and individuality, a common theme for Hawthorne. The colonists attached a poem to the pole to explain its purpose.

In other British merrry, men do a folk dance called the morris in which they may be dressed in various costumes with bells attached. From its top streamed a silken banner colored like the rainbow.

Merry Mount was in present-day Quincy, Mass. But mouunt single phrase in a description of them maypoe the fifth paragraph seems to foreshadow the hard life they will come to know while living among the somber Puritans. Endicott rested on his sword and closely surveyed the dress and aspect of the hapless pair.

Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung theorized that all humans share inborn impulses that cause them to perceive certain external stimuli in the same way. Young couple who marry in a ceremony at the maypole. Instead, he concentrates on an old style English country marriage held beneath the maypole, on the day John Endicott and his Puritans have singled out the maypole for destruction. Followers of a particular religion, creed, or cause.

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By the riot of his rolling eye and the pagan decorations of his holy garb, he seemed the wildest monster there, and the very Comus of the crew. Its citizens reminded me of different mythological creatures. Quite rare of this great author Where this green and flowery splendor terminated the shaft of the Maypole was stained with the seven brilliant hues of the banner at its top.

A paradise lost in more ways than one: The masques, mummeries and festive customs described in the text are in accordance with the manners of the age. Brister rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There are young men and women in everyday clothing, but their faces reveal the same wild look of the others.


Oddly, though, the young lady, Edith, appears sad. The youth in the peril of the moment, had dropped his gilded staff and thrown his arm about the Lady of the May, who leaned against his breast too lightly to burden him, but with weight enough to express that their destinies were linked together for good or evil. A trader named Captain Wollaston first name unknown established the village of Merry Mount as Mount Wollaston in Here is the description, with the foreshadowing phrase highlighted in red: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In medieval and Renaissance England, a person designated to oversee Christmas merrymaking, including drinking parties.

There were times when these grim people passed into the vicinity of Merry Mount while the maypole colonists were masquerading, dancing around the pole, playing blind man’s buff, or attempting to explain their merriment to an Indian. But because they and other settlers could not abide hte Puritans, they founded their own village, Mount Wollaston. In the fading light, shadows emerge from the forest—armed Puritans in their traditional black garb.