It stands on Pyncheon Street in quiet Salem. The house was built by Colonel Pyncheon, who wrested the desirable site from Matthew Maule, a poor man executed as a wizard. Despite this grim prophecy, the colonel has his house, and its builder is Thomas Maule, son of the old wizard. Colonel Pyncheon, dying in his great oak chair just after the house is completed, chokes with blood so that his shirtfront is stained scarlet.
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.Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of The House of the Seven Gables.
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The only exception is the House of the Seven Gables itself, which goes to Clifford's sister Hepzibah Pyncheon. Thirty years later, the main action of the novel starts.
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