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Curse of the Pyncheons in The House of The Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The House of The Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne chronicles the generations of a Puritan family and the curse which haunts their fates. Although the Pyncheons are a respected family in their small Massachusetts town, their past is riddled with secrets, mysterious deaths, and the curse of a dying man. Few in the family ever believed in the curse, giving the generational disasters of the family the name of coincidental misfortunes, the simple results of human action. And, while the author attempts to explain away these coincidences with logic and science, he also conveys mysterious hints as to the supernatural phenomena existing within the house of the seven gables. Because of the secrecy surrounding the story, we, as readers, are…show more content…
Appearing to have lain dormant for several decades, the cures again revives itself in the death of Old Jaffrey Pyncheon, the prodigious uncle of the last remaining Pyncheons. Said to have been murdered by a nephew, Old Jaffrey was found in the same manner as his venerable ancestor, with blood upon his collar. Coupled with the author’s expert style, these events may seem a consequence of the haunting family curse. However, as the story unfolds, we learn that the old uncle was not murdered, but died of fright, or anger, when he caught his greedy nephew attempting to secure the family fortune for himself. Similarly, the death of Alice Pyncheon was a result of her father’s greed, when he sacrificed his daughter’s happiness in return for material wealth. The mysterious plot style forces us to consider the possibility of Maule’s curse as the evil force behind the tribulation of the Pyncheons. However, when considering the facts of each mystery, and the circumstances which caused the victims’ demise’, it seems as though greed and avarice are the rational source and the perpetrators simply received the ultimate punishment for their crimes.
The Pyncheon history is steeped in horror and death, because of Maule’s curse and the greed of men, but even after their horrible past, the “curse” is defeated in the kindness of a few. Hepzibah, her brother Clifford, and their cousins Phoebe and Jaffrey are the last remaining Pyncheons. Although Jaffrey
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