Themes of Dependence and Independence in In The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

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Jackson conveys this through her personification of Hill House, the description of the abnormal architecture of the house, the connection Eleanor seems to share with the house, and the unexplained events that occur within the large home. Throughout the work, the house itself is seen as a main character. The house is classified as an evil being who intoxicates its tenants and tries to keep them from leaving. The architecture of the house parallels the abnormal events that occur within its walls while simultaneously mirroring Eleanor’s sanity. Hill House was built with each angle a little off, and it seems that Eleanor is also a little off. Both Hill House and Eleanor seem to be unwanted and do not belong anywhere, they appear to be somewhat normal on the outside but on the inside they are filled with mystery and a multitude of unanswered questions. The unexplained events create an uneasiness with the characters and the readers since they are unable to classify or figure out a reason for why such strange events are occurring. Jackson uses these techniques in order to convey the idea that Hill House is a representation of Eleanor. They are both dependent upon one another, but it is the independence Eleanor gains in the end that proves independence is just as deadly as dependence. Jackson employs the uncanny to establish Hill…

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