Immortal Irony

Posted May 4, 2019 6:31 pm by Carolynne Estis

Immortal Irony

In his short story “The Ambitious Guest,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a lot of irony. A lot might actually be an understatement. The story is riddled with irony from the beginning to the rather awful ending. It is primarily a story about a young traveler who has great plans for his life. He believes that it is his destiny to become magnificent and incredibly important, and that when he dies the whole world will know him and remember him. Instead, by the time the story ends, all of those dreams are, quite literally, swept away and the traveler is utterly and

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