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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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the-house-of-the-seven-gables-nathaniel-hawthorneSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Smithsonian Magazine Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.LOVESCOUSINSSIBLINGSCOUSINSCOUSINSCOUSINSLANDLORDClifford PyncheonHepzibahs aged brother;brain-addled from his time in prison Main CharactersHolgravePhotographer lodger;secret member of the Maule family Phoebe PyncheonYoung country girl; honorable and kind Hepzibah PyncheonWithered old maid; terrified of the outside world Judge Jaffrey PyncheonWell-to-do cousin;secretly cruel or, what other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart! What jailer so inexorable as ones self! Narrator, Chapter 11ThemesRetributionMembers of the Pyncheon and Maule families commit terrible acts their descendants must answer for. GuiltCursed by the dying Matthew Maule, every generation of the Pyncheon family feels the burden of his death. ClassismTheir perceived place in society drives many choices made by members of the Pyncheon family. The House of the Seven Gablesby the NumbersYear the real House of the Seven Gables was built in Salem, Massachusetts People accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch TrialsAge of one "witch" during the trials, whose fear under questioning led magistrates to think she had confessedYears between the publication of The House of the Seven Gables and the first performance of Arthur Millers The Crucible, which deals directly with the witch trials102>2004The CrucibleBYArthur Miller ACT ONE1668Hawthorne was the descendant of one of the judges at the Salem Witch Trials. Watching as the family fortunes turned sour, Hawthorne often wondered if they were being punished for his ancestors sins, leading him to write The House of Seven Gables, set in his cousins home.NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE1804–64AuthorPortraitWith its emotive face, the portrait of Colonel Pyncheon symbolizes the fearful legacy of the Pyncheon familys past. WellBeautiful but feared, Maules well represents the Maule family and its claim upon the House of the Seven Gables. Set in mid-1800s Massachusetts, The House of the Seven Gables tells the story of the Pyncheons, a once-powerful family now crippled by guilt. Their home, built on land taken from a man their ancestor had executed, is cursed. Their only hope for redemption lies with fresh-faced country cousin Phoebe and the mysterious lodger Holgrave.Beware the Sins of Your ForefathersSYMBOLSChickensA unique breed, these ancient, haughty birds symbolize the Pyncheons themselves. Nathaniel Hawthorne1851EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe House of the Seven GablesRomance

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