Essay on The House Of The Seven Gables

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The House Of The Seven Gables

Creepy "The House Of The Seven Gables"


by:christian J. vazquez


The mood of Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is dark, and painstakingly creepy
and slow. The story centers around the murders of two men, centuries ago, the curse that
was placed upon the house as a result of that conflict, and the repercussions to the
current generation. The overall story is like that of a nightmare of total and complete
oppressive darkness. Not so much the fright that results from images of goblins and
monsters, but that feeling of being scared of the dark; not because of what is there, but
because of what you don't know is there.

Hawthorne sets this mood by describing the events that triggered the curse placed upon the
Pyncheon mansion in the very first chapter, but never reveals more than a piece of the
motivations and consequences at a time, throughout the remainder of the story.

The descriptions of the house deteriorating throughout the years covered in the book
establishes the sensation of the endless nightmare - that despite mortal man, the house
remains as it was from the day it was erected and only the outward appearance changes. .
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