Lady Eleanore's Mantle

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Brief descriptions of short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Created by Laura Chen, initial date April 6th 2016.

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  • Setting
  • Lady Eleanore's Mantle
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • A red flag symbolizes the advent of smallpox to town.
  • Lady Eleanore's Mantle is one of the short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorn. The story takes place at a province house in Massachusetts Bay, Boston, when smallpox first occurred in the world.
  • Conflict
  • By Nathaniel Hawthorn & Storyboard created by Laura C.
  • My lady, I would do anything for you.
  • Eleanore Rochcliffe, a young English lady of rank and fortune but places herself above the sympathies of nature. Governor Shute, new governor of Massachusetts Bay and new guardian of Eleanore. Doctor Clarke, a physician, and a famous champion of the popular party, also one of the four suitors of Eleanore. Captain Langford, a English officer and one of the foursuitors of Eleanore. Jervase Helwyse, private secretary of Governor Shute, and a zealot of Eleanore who end up burning the fatal mantle.
  • Solution
  • Lady Eleanore
  • Shute
  • Clarke
  • Langford
  • Helwyse
  • Lady Eleanore moved to Colonel Shute's province house at Massachusetts Bay, Boston. She is known for her beauty, pride, and the magnificently embroidered mantle. Suddenly smallpox appeared in town and killed numerous people including Lady Eleanore. Everyone believed that the source of the disease is the magical mantle.
  • Conclusion
  • The conflict in the story is bet wen Helwyse and himself. It's a conflict between human sympathy and the craziness for his "Queen of Death". He is in love with her so he believes in everything she does, including the death of the numerous people. While everyone else believes that Lady Eleanore is the source of evilness, Helwyse calls every death "another triumph of Lady Eleanore." Until the very end, he finally realized that what he deeply believed in is not right. So he snatched the mantle and burned it down.
  • Is this really right?
  • When the smallpox came to town, it first attacked the proud, the well-born, and the wealthy before it goes down to the poor. Everyone believed that the magical mantle is the source of disease because it was made by a dying woman. Helwyse did not believe it. But he had to when he saw a gaunt Lady Eleanore lying on bed, cannot even get up to get the water. The conflict is resolved at this point in story because Eleanore no longer has her beauty and pride, and Helwyse is no longer attracted to her.
  • Am I wrong?
  • In the story of Lady Eleanore, the mantle and herself symbolized pride; and smallpox symbolized the harmfulness of pride. Beauty is not going to stay. But temperament and human nature is going to stay. Helwyse is already a madman at the end of story; yet he still knows right and wrong. The message of Nathaniel Hawthorn is here: no matter what you do, no matter what happens, always keep kindness in your heart.
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