The CuriousPages Sketchbook

The story: The Ambitious Guest

My comments on the story: The Ambitious Guest, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Again, with Hawthorne, I don’t find his ending satisfying. The moral of the story seems to be: that we leave no mark. The story is otherwise engaging. But he does seem to overlook his endings, to not realize that a story should have conclusion that seems like a conclusion. With this story I am simply left thinking: Ah yes, I see what you were getting at throughout the whole story, and this was this simple idea that we all leave no mark. Perhaps the planning of this story is more the planning that a writer would do for an essay, rather than a work of fiction. I think that’s how I would sum up my feeling about this.

See my other comment on this aspect of another story of his.


Read the story here.


16 October 2008



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