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Analysis Of The Train Ride In The House Of Seven G Essay, Research Paper email: t_street@hotmail.comAnalysis of the train ride in The House Of SEven GablesPaper #1- The Train RideIn the famous nineteenth century Romance novel, The House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne centers his entire book on an extremely odd and small seventeenth century country home. The book begins by giving the reader background information on the house and the two families involved-the Pyncheons and the Maules. However, Hawthorne quickly catches the reader up to date by informing the reader of how dull and gloomy the house is at the present time. Finally, to help Hepzibah and Clifford cope with their seemingly horrible lives, Hawthorne introduces a bright new ray of sunshine, Phoebe. It is through his

characters’ descriptions of the seven gabled house and how and why the Pyncheons have possession of the house that he delivers his moral, “-the truth, namely, that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief; – and [the author] would feel it a singular gratification, if this Romance might effectually convince mankind of the folly of tumbling down an avalanche of ill-gotten gold, or real estate, on the heads of an unfortunate posterity, thereby to maim and crush them, until the accumulated mass shall be scattered abroad in its original atoms” (2). One of the most significant scenes in the book is when Hepzibah and Clifford take a mysterious train ride, which

seems very strange to the reader the first time he reads it. Hawthorne incorporates this train ride to prove several points to the reader, primarily how Clifford’s thoughts are so strikingly similar to Holgrave’s. This scene also brings to light Hepzibah and Clifford’s isolation from the rest of the world, and the differences between Hepzibah and Clifford. The reader’s first impression of the train ride is generally one of confusion and misunderstanding. Hepzibah and Clifford just all of a sudden decide that they are going to leave, and don’t say anything to anyone about it. Looking at the actual plot of the book, the reader believes this train ride bears no significance to the characters. It turns out, however, to be an extremely important section of the story because

of all of the underlying meaning that it gives to the reader about the characters.First of all, the reader must understand that the house has put a terrible omen on whoever lives in it ever since it was built, all the way back to the original Pyncheons. Hawthorne gives the reader the impression that the land that the house is built on provides a mystical aura that seems to engulf anyone who lives in and around the house; it engulfs them in such a way that they lead an inescapable lifestyle that is very dull, boring, and monotonous. The train ride shows Hepzibah and Clifford entering the real world away from their seclusion, and demonstrates how the house has actually forced them to become isolated from everyone else. These two have been away from the public for quite a while,

Hepzibah even more so than Clifford. Hawthorne demonstrates this by saying,”At last, therefore, and after so long estrangement from everything that the world acted or enjoyed, they had been drawn into the great current of human life, and were swept away with it, as by the suction of faith itself” (256). These two characters are so estranged from the public that they really do not know how to conduct themselves when they enter the train station and board the train. They have no idea where they were going, and Clifford gives the money to the conductor “as he had observed others do,” as if he was not sure what to do (259). They both seem to be somewhat amazed at what all is going on inside the rail car. Although it seems to the reader to be a typical interior of a train, it