The House of the Seven Gables


Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The House of the Seven Gables Symbols


The titular House of the Seven Gables symbolizes the rise and fall of the Pyncheon family. Built on land wrested from a poor cottager, who then curses Colonel Pyncheon, the House stands for the…

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Portrait and Daguerreotype

Throughout the novel, portraits and daguerreotypes (a primitive form of photography) symbolize the essence of individual’s characters—especially characters, like Judge Pyncheon, whose public personas are a false front. The hardness evident in the Judge’s…

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