Essay Topic 1
Hawthorne wrote The House of Seven Gables about a real house in Salem, Massachusetts--a town with a notorious history and strong ties to Hawthorne’s own past. Write an essay that explains why Salem’s history has a personal significance for Hawthorne, and why he chose to set his novel there.
Essay Topic 2
Hawthorne states in his preface to the novel that the “moral--the truth” of The House of Seven Gables is that “the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief.” Write an essay that explores how the novel demonstrates this “truth.”
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay that explains how Hawthorne uses his description of the House itself to develop the theme of the past influencing the present.
Essay Topic 4
Colonel Pyncheon and the older Matthew Maule lived on different socioeconomic...
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