Romanticism was definitely a huge transition for the world as well as the United States. The political papers we read before transitioning to Romanticism were placed perfectly because in the papers we begin to see why the need for government was so prevalent. It was because the individual was being valued and highlighted! The Romanticism age simply reinforces this statement.
Hawthorne's story was easy to read in the sense that it was written as a story. It was a lot easier to follow and understand than the Federalist paper was. However, I did not pick up on the ultimate meaning of the story until the very end and I might have misinterpreted but to the best of my understanding, this story is highlighting the importance of independence and an individual taking ultimate control and responsibility for his or her life. This is evident in the very last paragraph of the story when the kind stranger encourages Robin to make something of his life without the help of beneficiaries.
I think Hawthorne was also making a general statement about society through this story. All throughout, Robin meets strangers along the way on his journey to find his relative who he believes can help him succeed in life. He looks to them for simple directions and help, but everyone either refuses to help him and outright ignores him or they mislead him in some way. Hawthorne here is trying to tell his readers that society in general is not something to reach out to in times of need. They cannot lend a hand and ultimately the individual is on their own whether they realize it or not. Society is really just laughing at you which is evidenced by the ending scene in the last few paragraphs. I think Hawthorne here is trying to make a bigger point by saying that society doesn't want to watch you succeed or get where you want to go; they ultimately want to see you fail.
This particular story made me think of The Scarlet Letter that I read in high school my junior year. In that work, there was a lot of discussion about the Puritan society and Hawthorne similarly utilized lots of symbols to convey a bigger idea about society and even humanity.