You’re a Big Fat Phony!: Corruption in The House of the Seven Gables Appearances can be everything. In today’s society, especially, appearances are a major factor in how society views and values individuals. However, while one can appear to be high-principled and faithful, he or she can easily be deceiving the public in order to maintain his or her reputation. In The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne, through a collection of oxymoron, syntax, tone, rhetorical question, connotation, details, metaphor, and direct characterization, reveals the corrupt nature of Judge Pyncheon. Hawthorne incorporates oxymoron, syntax, tone, rhetorical question, and connotation to present the purported image of Judge Pyncheon’s character while mocking …show more content…
In the second paragraph, he introduces a metaphor for corrupt justice to highlight an irony when he states, “the inevitable force of circumstances should occasionally make him do one questionable deed, among a thousand praiseworthy, or, at least, blameless ones - would you characterize the Judge by that one necessary deed, and that half-forgotten act, and let it overshadow the fair aspect of a lifetime”. This metaphor mocks the belief that one little action of evil does not outweigh the action of good in a lifetime. The irony of the situation is that Pyncheon is a man of the law himself. Thus, society expects him, of all people, to be following the law. Furthermore, the specific details of Pyncheon’s actions reveal the corrupt nature within his character in which he uses a “scale and balance system” where “a thumb’s bigness of it should outweigh the mass of things evil, which were heaped into the other scale” for his “brotherhood”. The details reveal the corruption behind Pyncheon’s actions of tipping the scales in favor for his “brotherhood”. Even the connotation of the word “brotherhood” establishes a criminal connection between Pyncheon and his cronies. In addition, Hawthorne directly characterizes Pyncheon as a “hard, cold man, thus unfortunately situated, seldom, or never looking inward, and resolutely telling his
If you’ve ever read The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, you may have made a connection between the two. These two texts relate in many different ways and of course, they also have numerous differences. While comparing and contrasting the two texts, The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter, I concluded on three similarities including: a conflicted male, reputation, and setting; three differences include: reactions from Hester and Abigail, attitude of Roger Chillingworth and Elizabeth Proctor, and the communities’ opinions on the Reverends. John Proctor from the Crucible and Arthur Dimmesdale from the Scarlet Letter both share a conflict in theses texts. Both characters obviously, have made the decision
In the middle of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories, “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Roger Malvin’s Burial,” that analyze the effects of Puritanism on the topics of secret sin and natural depravity, Hawthorne states “...but pride, the fear of losing her affection, the dread of universal scorn, forbade him to rectify this falsehood.” Reuben, who has arrived at this juncture on whether to tell Dorcas the truth about her father or to keep telling her a lie, fears losing his wife along with her love if he tells her that he, in fact, did not bury her father. A common theme is evident throughout Hawthorne’s short stories, which is that Puritanism causes negativity and fear through pointing out other people’s imperfections and disposing of them. Influenced by an opposition to Puritan ideology, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Roger Malvin’s Burial” illustrate how secret sin and natural depravity control the lives of the characters with fear and negativity.
Greed Runs in the Family: An Analysis of Unfortunate Events In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables, a series of unfortunate events occur, one right after another, to the remaining Pyncheon and Maule descendants following the death of Colonel Pycheon many years earlier. It can be argued that the events which occur are a direct result of the curse set upon the Pyncheons by the late Matthew Maule. However, there is far more evidence leading to the argument that each event which occurs only coincides with the characters displaying greed similar to that which possessed the colonel, rather than being a direct result; in order to argue this point, an examination of the Pyncheon family tree must first be done.
Allende’s Stylistic Choices in The House of Sprits In The House of Spirits the reader sees many mentions of other countries outside Chile. Most of the time these countries bring something that Chile may not have such as a new invention or technology. However, these new things brought to Chile are not helpful in the slightest and in truth, damage the Chilean people more than help.
Corresponding ideas and uses of rhetorical devices can bridge together multiple stories. The themes of interdependence on other human beings and essentials of life are shown throughout the novels “102 Minutes” by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, and “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. One may think that these pieces have nothing in common, but in order to interpret the overlying ideas, readers must look deeper than the main ideas of each book to figure out how they develop upon one another. The stories “Into the Wild,” and “102 Minutes” both use a plentiful amount of overarching viewpoints and many of the same tools of rhetoric, such as word choice, delivery and style to help expand and make connections between novels. Jon Krakauer’s purpose for “Into
Hypocrisy plagues the pages of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter as a result of the Puritans deceitful and conforming ways. Trials and rumors bring out the worst of the Puritans in The Crucible. While, in The Scarlet Letter, scandal and humiliation overcast the so called holiness of the Puritans. In the Puritan society, pride and selfishness would bring out one’s hypocritical ways if their reputation was at stake.
You Be The Judge: An Investigation of Facade in “The House of Seven Gables” Self-awareness allows one to understand their own flaws and shortcomings. The ability to assess one’s weaknesses in character allows for reflection introspectively, creating valuable realizations about one’s own identity. However, some members of society lack this innate ability, rendering them unable to understand their own corruption. In an excerpt of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The House of Seven Gables,” the narrator crafts the appearance of morality in Judge Pyncheon, constructing the illusion of respectability, then increasingly displays contempt of the dark reality that “some one wrong act” truly defines Pyncheon’s character.
In her critique, Carnivalesque Freedom in Hawthorne’s YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, Selina Jamil proposes that although there in an obvious theme of the human heart’s confrontation with evil, there is also a carnivalesque theme that is exemplified when the use of irony and parody ridicule the Puritan idea of virtue as well as the power of evil itself. Jamil continues that the carnivalesque theme further establishes that the “encounter with evil teaches the average mind to replace naiveté with skepticism.” Ultimately, Jamil states that there is no resolution with the internal conflict of Goodman Brown just like there is no resolution as to whether the “witch meeting” was reality or a dream. If Jamil indeed believes that YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN exemplifies a feature of Bakhtinian carnival, then Bakhtinian carnival concepts should, at the very least, be mentioned. Jamil offers a look at the ridicule of the Puritan idea of virtue and the “power” of evil itself by suggesting that the rituals displayed by Hawthorne “parodically mirror” that of the church; furthermore, the irony found in the “sable form” stating that
Hawthorne uses many forms of rhetoric to portray his characters, but relies heavily on pathos in the instance of Hester Prynne. She’s a member of an inherently misogynistic society, and because she’s a woman, her every act is scrutinized. As punishment for her act of adultery, Hester is ordered to adorn her chest with a permanent scarlet letter. Although the audience is well aware of the atrocity of the sin she’s committed, Hawthorne’s writing sparks a feeling of empathy within the reader. Throughout the novel, the reader is exposed to several clear uses of pathos.
Moreover, he likes to present multi-fold and multi-perspective of a character. From those aspects, it is easy to conclude that Hawthorne is skeptical about facts, he leaves the reader with the choice to determine what is true what is not. In addition, Hawthorne is also skillful in using guilt to display characters and then examine the effect of the guilt, as evident in the hidden sin and potential guilt associated with Mr.
The Crucible Essay Rough Draft Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller have some similarities and differences in their books. The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne have some similarities and differences based upon humility and hypocrisy. Both writers in their stories express how the most religious lawful people aren’t as good as they seem. A difference would be the main characters in The Scarlet letter the characters are guilty, but have humility. The Main characters in The Crucible are wicked and get away with things in the ending.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the illustration of guilt as portrayed as a feeling of responsibility or remorse for a wrong doing. In the novel, it exemplifies different types of guilt, such as guilt being cause by physical activity, someone doing wrong to God or religion, and a situation of something having intentions on doing harm to someone. For example, Dimmesdale commits a sinful act of adultery with Hester, who later leaves Hester and Pearl to suffer alone while he remains known as a hero in his village. By Dimmesdale not confessing his guilt and internalizing it for a long period of time, he ultimately ends up impairing his life for not confessing and admitting his deadly sin. Guilt has three attributes as to how it can
In this passage, Ezekiel Cheever responds to John Proctor’s curiosity about what a needle in a poppet signifies and why his wife Elizabeth is being accused of using witchcraft against Abigail Williams. Cheever’s response explains his knowledge of how Abigail was afflicted, his possession of strong evidence against Elizabeth Proctor as a court official, and both his and the town of Salem’s tendency to turn to superstition to explain mysterious events. As Cheever explains how Abigail was afflicted by the needles from the poppet, he utilizes a simile when he states that Abigail fell to the floor, after being stabbed, “like a struck beast” (74). Cheever says this to emphasize the abruptness and intensity of the situation and how significant it is that there is no visual perception of anyone
Hawthorne highlights the hypocrisy of Puritans with Mr. Hooper's ostracization. A Puritan is a hypocrite if they should cruelly treat someone because of appearance or sin as both of these are considered unimportant and unavoidable, respectively, in Puritan
Roger Chillingworth, in effort to dismantle Dimmesdale’s life, has continuously lost social wealth for the seven revengeful years. Most importantly, he put incredible concentration on revenge that he even lost his once-beloved wife. In fact, Chillingworth not only lost the love of Hester, but also gained hatred from Hester. In the end, Roger Chillingworth is worth nothing more than a social outcast who lost true and peaceful relationships with people, and even obtained hatred from his own wife. Through this allegory, Hawthorne teaches his readers that revengeful purpose in life can drive oneself out of the healthy social life.