The House of the Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Contributed by Marinda Dreiling
Discussion Questions
  1. Explain how Hawthorne has succeeded in transforming the character of Hepzibah. 
  2. Phoebe’s arrival at the house of the seven gables brings about a reversal of fortunes in the lives of the inhabitants. Explain how this happens.
  3. What are the changes that occur in Clifford’s character? Is there a complete change in his character?
  4. Holgrave has often been described as a representative American. Do you agree with this view? Give reasons for your answer. 
  5. Discuss the use of symbols in the House of the Seven Gables. 6. How does Hawthorne explore the theme of isolation in the novel? 
  6. How does Hawthorne manage to convey the dual nature of the Judge? Explain with reference to his actions and the symbolism used. 
  7. How does Hawthorne create an atmosphere of evil in the novel?
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