Haley Patty Professor Todd EN345 MT #1 February 1, 2016 Past Can Always Haunt You As Hawthorne states in the preface, Characters in a romance often are more extravagant than those in a novel. Characters in a novel are more realistic and focus on reality. As a romance writer, Hawthorne wanted his reader to understand the way he perceived things on a complete level. The supernatural plays an important role in Hawthorne’s goal in The House of the Seven Gables. The supernatural theme challenges the reader to use their imagination and step out of their normal beliefs, so that the reader understands the story as Hawthorne wrote it. This challenge is meant to help the reader understand Hawthorne’s thinking. The supernatural allows Hawthorne to explain that the past can haunt you in a way that makes it easier to identify with. Hawthorne starts his goal of using the supernatural when Maule curses Colonel Pyncheon by saying, "God will give him blood to drink!" (7). This supernatural power, foreshadows the cursed future of the Pyncheon family. As the book continues on, it appears that this portion of does indeed come true. The men began to build the Pyncheon home on Maule’s land, that has a “natural spring
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