The house of Seven Gables

An ancient tale of the dreaded curse. The story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of the Seven Gables is a typical example of this story. The story takes place in a simple time during the Puritan settlement in the New England area. With the Puritans there is the classic case in which a man is accused of witchcraft and is killed. Well this sort of thing occurs in the exact story. Matthew Maule was accused of being a wizard so he was hanged. When before he was hung he blurted out this words “, God will give him blood to drink.” (Hawthorne 8) Matthew yelled out this statement while he was pointing at a certain person that person was Colonel Pyncheon. Who after this incident acquired the land that once was Maule’s homestead. Near to where the wizard was put to rest was Maule’s Well which soon after the incident became hard and brackish. The Colonel soon died in the House of Seven Gables and so the curse began on the family. That is how the story began and from there the story goes through a series of flashbacks to the past after three generations live in the house. The owners remember the past and what the curse meant and the different connections to the curse and to the inhabitants. The essay that I am using to connect to the story is written by the author Edward Wagenknecht. Edward begins his essay with the different possibilities of the title of the book. He focuses in on Maule’s Well and its importance to the story. More than the idea of the house of the seven gables does for the story. He also compares and contrasts this work with the form work of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Which helped him to gain acclaim for his stories. Then he continues on to speak of what the important chapters or different chapters are. He writes of the eerie incident of chapter 18 and the detail in which Hawthorne goes into to describe the dead body of Judge Pyncheon. Edward also points out the irony in the book wh…

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