The House of the Seven Gables (Bantam Classics)

The House of the Seven Gables Study Guide

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables study guide contains a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is, as the author notes in a short preface to the novel, a romance. The story thus, as Hawthorne states, includes fantastical occurrences, improbabilities, and attempts to connect the past with the present, sacrificing literal authenticity for more abstract truths. The connection between the past and the present is the most pressing of Hawthorne's concerns in The House of the Seven Gables, which begins with the checkered history of the eponymous house. The house was constructed during the Puritan era in New England by the prominent Colonel Pyncheon. He acquired the property through dubious means: the property on which the house was built was originally owned by Matthew Maule, a relatively…

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Chapter 1: The old Pyncheon Family (The house of the seven Gables)

The last image of the chapter is of the disgraceful shop door in the front gable of the old house. Describe the circumstances of its creation and why you think the author mentions it here.

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