The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The House of the Seven Gables" is a romantic novel set in a grand and rustic, old house with seven

gables in New England town. The story opens with its history, beginning in the 1690's, when

witch-hunting was rampant. Afterwards, it revolves around the course of one summer in the 1850's.

At his housewarming party, Colonel Pyncheon, the socially noted owner of the house was

mysteriously found dead in one of the rooms. Although he was highly esteemed for his wealth and

high position, legend has it that he usurped the land on which his house stood from a poor fellow

named Matthew Maule. Maule was a nobody. Furthermore, he was rumored to be practicing
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feared for the scowl on her face that was actually only the result of a chronic squint due to her poor

eyesight. Proud and without talent for practical matters, she is a symbol of decaying aristocracy.

She grieves for her beloved brother, Clifford, who was framed and imprisoned. She had a boarder

named Holgrave. He is an attractive and imtellectual young man with modern views and notions.

He preaches about social reform to Hepzibah and Phoebe.

When her money was running out, Hepzibah was forced to open little bakeshop in the front gable of

the house and abandon her illusion of aristocracy. This only adds to her misery until her young niece,

Phoebe, comes from the country to live with her in the house. Like a ray of sunshine, she lights up

the house with her beauty, simplicity, and free-spiritedness

After 30 years in prison, Hepzibah's brother, Clifford, is released and comes home to the house of

seven gables. He has a love for beauty but the years of seclusion had drawn out the life from him

and he became bitter and spiritless. Then he develops a special bond with Phoebe. Despite the

complexity of his personality, she understood him.

A frequent visitor was Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon. He resembled his ancestor, the colonel physically

and in his greed and pretentiousness as well. Yet, he pretends to be good-natured and amiable. He

insists that Clifford possessed the
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