The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally more concerned about the inner workings of his characters' minds, and the conflicts they have are internal much more often than they are external. Please identify some examples in The House of Seven Gables to illustrate his distinctive writing style.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s mid-19th Century gothic novel The House of the Seven Gables is populated by characters for whom the outer expression is not always an accurate representation of the inner thought.  As with many novels in which deception and manipulation are central to the story, much of Hawthorne’s work reflects the internal conflicts that rage within his characters.  In The House of the Seven Gables , the character that best exemplifies this phenomenon is perhaps that of Clifford Pyncheon, the severely depressed older brother of Hepzibah Pyncheon who has recently been released from prison after serving 30 years for a murder it will turn out he did not commit.  Clifford’s depression is so severe, in fact, that he has essentially emerged from prison an invalid, unable to function with any vestige of normalcy.  Well into the story, in an exchange between Hepzibah and Clifford’s cousin Phoebe and Holgrave, whose ancestor was wrongfully hanged following allegations of...

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