The House of the Seven Gables tells the story of a cursed house. In the late seventeenth century, in a small town in New England, Colonel Pyncheon, Puritan training, decides to build a large mansion in the place where once stood the hut of Matthew Maule, who presented as a man troubled, and was led to scaffold because of accusations of witchcraft. The colonel, who presides over the trial conviction, cannot hide crooked intentions, intending to seize the land of Maule. The opening day of the imposing house, the Colonel dies suddenly. (Emmett, p.26-30)
It was the highest degree the American heir of the supernatural, and saw behind ordinary phenomena of life a host of vague melancholy ghosts, but he was too disinterested to enjoy themselves impressions, emotions and beauty of the story. He had to weave his imagination by creating a fabric quietly melancholic type didactic or allegorical where skeptical humbly resigned, he could give a naive moral perfidy of a humanity that never ceased to love while crying about it although he penetrated his hypocrisy. The supernatural horror, therefore, never be critical in Hawthorne, his impulses are so intertwined with his personality he cannot help but betray the force of genius when he appealed to the world to illustrate the real sermon meditative he intends to preach. (Bonnet, p. 10-20)
Discussion and Critical Analysis
Nathaniel Hawthorne's work is also fueled by his own biography. He himself tells us that a family member suffered from the process of execution of Salem. These data forms the core upon which conceives The House of Seven Gables. This is the story of a house and the family lived there since its construction more than two hundred years before the time when the author writes his historical romance, as they called. The novel features the descendants of Colonel Pyncheon, powerful man, influential, rich, Puritan, whose portrait presides over the house as a symbol of survival over time. "God will give him blood to drink." This phrase, uttered by Mathew Maule to be executed, is the focus that illuminates extremely scene. There is a curse and, therefore, a fatalism that will hit home in the next generation. The characters are actors in a social drama that is showing the absurdity of the positions Cocky who despise the humble, who think and act freely, that is, outside the established Puritan order. (Stallman, p.25-39)
The characters are actors in a social drama that is showing the absurdity of the positions Cocky who despise the humble, who think and act freely, that is, outside the established Puritan order. At the same time, the quality of the prose of Hawthorne emphasizes the charm of the spontaneous, self-expression, of good works and even of piety and religious seriousness made with genuine spirituality. (Trachtenberg, p.80-90)
The plot develops naturally, without ever losing the excitement and appeal of characters that are introduced so that the reader feels the need to understand why they are there and what will happen to them. Hawthone writes with a ...