Table of Contents Plot Overview The House of the Seven Gables begins with a preface that identifies the work as a romance, not a novel. As such, Hawthorne prepares readers for the fluid mixture of realism and fantasy that the romance genre allows.
Like all of hawthorns works he exploits the evils of the puritan heart in is Romantic Fantasy. Hawthorne tells the story of the Pyncheon family's struggle to overcome the inherrated problem caused by the sins of their ancestors.
The Pyncheon family, however, thinks the problems come from an inherrated curse that was placed on the family. He believed that their hearts were full of sin, and that they were blinded by the sin and evil so much that they could not even see that the problem lies with themselves.
Hawthorne believed that the inherrated evil of the heart could only be overcome by true love. To understand the family history, you must first meet the family.
The Pyncheon family history starts in with the introduction of Colonel Pyncheon. He was a strict puritan whom everyone thought was a good godly man. However, his heart was greedy and evil.
He had a man put to death so that he could gain the man's property. These sins and evils are passed down through several generations of Pyncheon's. In some generations the evil is stronger or weaker.
The traits are passed until the later 's to an elderly woman named Hephzibah Pyncheon. Hephzibah, the great grand niece of the Colonel, did not inherit all of his evil traits.
Her heart was not greedy or full of hate, but she feels that she is better that everyone else because she is a Pyncheon. By the time the novel focuses on her however, she is nearly seventy and she realizes that she must open up a penny shop to survive.
Hephzibah's brother, Clifford, lives with her in the house of the seven gables. Clifford is an emotional man who has spent most of his life in prison for the murder of one of his uncles. Clifford, however is the only male Pyncheon who is not full of hate, he killed his uncle to stop his uncle from killing others.
Clifford and Hephzibah live in the house and are occasionally visited by their cousin, Phoebe Pyncheon. Because Phoebe moved from another town, she is unaware of the supposed curse and the inherrated evil that is supposed to dwell in her. Phoebe is perfect in every way. She is beautiful, happy, and she has a good heart.
She is responsible for "Snapping them out" of the supposed spell www. The "curse" that was placed on the Pyncheon's is accredited to the Maul family. The Maul family is the opposite of the Pyncheon's. They are poor, non-puritan, and not well respected. The patriarch of this family was a man named Matthew Maul.The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Home / Literature / The House of the Seven Gables / The House of the Seven Gables Analysis Literary Devices in The House of the Seven Gables. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory The "monster" in The House of the Seven Gables is the evil, greedy spirit of Colonel Pyncheon, which travels down.
The House of Seven Gables shows Hawthorne's opinion of the puritan heart (Gioia and Kennedy p. ). He believed that their hearts were full of sin, and that they were blinded by the sin and evil so much that they could not even see that the problem lies with themselves.4/4(1).
The House of the Seven Gables once a "show place" in a small New England town, now presents little evidence of its former grandeur. Wind, sun, storm, and neglect left its sides, shingles, and chimney crumbling.
Its gray look is mottled here and there with moss. The lattice fence surrounding it is in. Nov 20, · House of the Seven Gables Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is a study of guilt and renewal from generation to generation.
Analysis . Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of the Seven Gables" is a very mysterious story. The house is supposedly cursed by a wizard, and people have died from mysterious deaths that involve blood. The. - 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 's, when witch-hunting was rampant.