'The Haunted Mind' is a short story that brightly represents the writing style of Nathaniel Hawthorne as it is based on the usage of symbols. The story is abundant with colorful descriptions that portrays what a man can think of and feel during his sleep. Hawthorne's narration involves the description of all the sleeping phases. There's no actual characters in the story as the writer appeals directly to the reader. What secrets can a humand mind conceal? What dreams and illusions is it full of? You will get an outmost pleasure reading this work written by the 'father' of symbolism.