The House of Seven Gables

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The House of the Seven Gables: Blood Imagery and Metaphors Signs of blood imagery and metaphors are traced throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. This novel was written in the year of 1851. The House of the Seven Gables was originally depicted as a classic piece and Nathaniel Hawthorne was originally depicted as a hermit. Why so much blood? What does all of this blood represent? The common man would assume that this blood simply represents death and being cursed by a “wizard”. Is that really what this means? Looking into the depths of the text in this novel, maybe there is a deeper meaning behind the gore. “God hath given him blood to drink!” (13). This is the exact sentence that Matthew Maule, the executed wizard, shouted while pointing at Colonel Pyncheon just before being executed. From that point on, a “curse” had been cast upon the Pyncheon blood line. Colonel Pyncheon had taken over Matthew Maule’s estate after the execution. Old Jaffery Pyncheon and his nephew, Judge Jaffery Pyncheon, were both found dead with blood stained all over their facial hair and their clothing. This event itself opens up a possible theme for the blood. The blood can stain clothing and skin, so of course, the curse that Matthew Maule put upon the Pyncheon family has stained their bloodline. The fact that Colonel Pyncheon sinned in the past while executing Matthew Maule has ruined the destiny for all of the members of the Pyncheon family to come. (Hawthorne,
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