The House of the Seven Gables Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

This Study Guide consists of approximately 43 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The House of the Seven Gables.
This section contains 378 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The House of the Seven Gables Study Guide

Critics and general readers alike agree that most of Hawthorne's fiction has a quality of "density" about it; that is, the surface tale is related in such a way as to suggest deeper levels of significance. The House of the Seven Gables is no exception. Although the work has all the trappings of a Gothic romance, the story of the curse on the House of Pyncheon appears to most readers to be more serious than its surface details indicate. Careful attention to parallels established between characters, and between characters and setting, as well as allusions to other literary works and events in history, give the novel a richness of meaning which becomes apparent on repeated readings.

1. Hawthorne takes great pains to describe in detail the physical setting for his story, especially the House and its contents; he is also concerned with the physical setting of the town of...

(read more)

This section contains 378 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The House of the Seven Gables Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
The House of the Seven Gables from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.