The Great Stone Face 1 Summary Analysis and Explanation

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The Great Stone Face 1 Summary Analysis and Explanation By Nathaniel Hawthorne

About The Poet Nathaniel Hawthorne

Poet Name Nathaniel Hawthorne
Born 4 July 1804, Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died 19 May 1864, Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States
Short stories Young Goodman Brown, The Birth-Mark
Movies The Scarlet Letter, Twice-Told Tales
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Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Great Stone Face Introduction

A classic piece of American fiction juxtaposing mellowness of humanism with the magnificence of art. Ernest, an unschooled dweller of the valley, has a close affinity with the ‘Stone Face’ atop the hills.

He resembles the splendid Stone Face — not someone for all his wealth, not someone else for all his heroic deeds, and not someone else yet again for his poetry and sublime ideas. It is none other than Ernest who personifies a rare blend of basic simplicity, practical wisdom and deep love for humanity.

The Great Stone Face 1 Summary of the Lesson in English

One afternoon, a boy was sitting with his mother, at the door of their cottage. Both were talking about the Great Stone Face, which was clearly visible in the bright sunlight. Thousands of people of the valley were familiar with the Great Stone Face.

One day the Great Stone Face smiled on Ernest and looked kindly. He was willingly waiting for the man who resembles with the Great Stone Face so that he could listen to stone’s voice and love him dearly.

There was a man called Gathergold who had left the valley and he had become quite rich and popular. He decided to return to his native valley. There were a rumors that Gathergold looked like the Great Stone Face.

When Ernest went to see Gathergold he couldn’t resemble and reject Gathergold.

Ernest grew up day by day and watched the Great Stone Face regularly. He wondered why its appearance is delaying. By his time Gathergold becomes poorer and died without establishing his likeness with Great Stone Face.

After some time, a soldier son of the native valley came there. He had become a general by then and came to be known as blood and thunder in the battle. In his old age, he came to the village.

On his return, he was welcomed warmly, people thought that the soldier resembles a great stone face but deep in Ernest’s heart, he assured himself that great face had still to come.