The House of the Seven Gables

what effect does point of view have in chapter eighteen

chapter 18

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Judge Pyncheon is dead yet the narrator addresses him as if he were merely asleep. This point of view affords the narrator some freedom to comment on the Judge. Hawthorne uses this chapter for lightly comic purposes directed at Judge Pyncheon. The chapter details all of the appointments that the Judge is missing, on the account of his untimely death, approaching the situation as if the stern old man were remiss in his duties. It also begins to shed light on the actual cause of Jaffrey's death. The dizziness and vision problems demo