Nathaniel Hawthorne's Complex Extended Metaphors

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Throughout the passage Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a complex extended metaphor to demonize the US government by referring it to an eagle who is anything but “tender.” Through the use of this extended metaphor Hawthorne is able trash talk the united states government and unveil their true motives through literature. This can most clearly be seen through metaphor, imagery, and his pretentious tone of the eagle. The purpose Hawthorne had for writing the piece was state Salem's true potential as a port city, and to convey his message of unused time and boredom in the custom house through literature. The “scorned” port of Salem had a much more significant purpose than leisure, and he was trying to bring back the popularity it previously had. His

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