The House Next Door Themes

Anne Rivers Siddons
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The Haunting

The "haunting" itself is the main topic of this novel, and the most interesting. It almost seems as if the term haunted isn't quite right for this house, since there is no ghost or other figure associated with the strange things that happen there. In a sense, it is almost as if the house is possessed. The evil things that happen in the house don't seem to center around a being, as is general in a haunting, but seem to be the result of some evil aura that exists around the house. Walter and Colquitt believe that Kim, the architect who designed and oversaw the building of the house, is responsible for this evil aura. They deduce this conclusion after they learn that Kim's first two building projects were halted by terrible tragedies. Although Kim seems to think these tragedies are commonplace, the Kennedys believe three "bad...

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