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  1. Ethan Brand is one of Hawthorne's many fallen characters. At the outset a decent fellow, he succumbs to the temptations offered by meditative solitude and, his consequent pursuit of an intellectual abstraction, the Unpardonable Sin, turns his heart to stone. A deeper understanding of the moral lesson Brand presents can be gained by comparing him with other Hawthorne villains. Look especially at Roger Chillingworth of The Scarlet Letter, Young Goodman Brown of "Young Goodman Brown," Reverend Hooper of "The Minister's Black Veil," and Richard Digby of "The Man of Adamant." What characteristics do these figures share? What hints does Hawthorne provide his readers as to what it might take to rehabilitate them? How does their shared plight help you clarify your understanding of Hawthorne's attitude toward artists and intellectuals?

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