Kind of Activity:
To examine how Hawthorne uses anthropomorphism to make the Pyncheon House into a character, and better understand the effect of his chosen characterizations.
Start the activity by reviewing the ways in which Hawthorne uses anthropomorphism to transform the Pyncheon house into a character. What attributes does he ascribe to the house? What person-like adjectives does he use? This can be done as a class-wide discussion or in smaller groups.
If not already in groups, have the students break up into groups of four to five and choose a real building with which they are all familiar. This could be a building on...
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