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The House of Seven Gables What are the effects of Romance used in the novel-as defined by Hawthorne in his Preface-on the moral of the story In The House of Seven Gables Hawthorne uses Romantic elements to make the moral of the story more believable The romantic elements of the novel add suspicion to the truth of the moral In The House of Seven Gables the moral stated in the preface is that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones and divesting itself of every temporary advantage becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief2 One of the romantic elements that adds to the believability of the moral is the gurgling of blood in the throats of successive generations When anyone heard Pyncheons clearing their throats they though that they were having blood to drink because of the curse of Matthew Maule This is a romantic element because it wasnt really blood but people were lead to believe this because of the curse So whenever there was a gurgle in the throat of a Pyncheon it reaffirmed the moral that the wrongs of one generation will go into the other generations This is supporting the moral because Matthew Maule cursed the Colonel by saying God will give him blood to drink8 So the gurgle in the future generations throats furthered the curse and helped to support the moral of the story Another romantic element that helps to prove the moral is the similarity of the Colonel and Judge Pyncheon They both are extremely similar in their physical features and the ways that they both died Their physical features are so close that Phoebes can not distinguish between a picture of the Judge and the familiar painting of the Colonel This is a romantic element because it relates the two different generations on their physical features Now the two generations are related by more than the curse but it seems they are one in the
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