The Dark Side Of Judge Pyncheon In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel, The House Of The Seven Gables

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The Dark Side of Judge Pyncheon in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel, The House of the Seven Gables

People in society live in a masquerade. Everyone wears a decoratively adorned mask that displays beauty, purity, and service. However, behind the mask lies on the inside of all society. One will stop at nothing in order to be well liked, thus becoming hypocrites. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The House of the Seven Gables, the narrator uses intense diction, a vivid selection of detail, and a shocking tone to reveal that the character of Judge Pyncheon resembles perfection on the outside, yet “darker traits” sit latent on the inside.

The narrator uses intense diction to describe Judge Pyncheon’s character as near perfection. He reflects traits such as “purity,” “faithfulness,” “devotedness,” “zeal,” “unimpeachable integrity” and “cleanliness.” This shows that he works very hard to keep a respectable public opinion. It is as if the judge does what the public thinks he ought to do. The narrator’s complement diction gives the judge a near to perfect appearance to onlookers. This respectable man prays, owns “snowy white” linen, shiny boots, a “gold-headed cane,” and reflects an aroma of “fineness” when it comes to material possessions. Pyncheon is always aware of his form as well as his appearance towards others like “broad benevolence,” and a “scrupulous” attention to the rich and poor. The narrator suddenly transitions from Judge Pyncheon’s “admirably arranged life” to his “early and reckless youth.” Nathaniel Hawthorne ultimately describes Pyncheon’s “looking-glass” image, his party mask. This “hard, cold man” can only be brought down by the public loss of interest in him. The intensity of the narrator’s diction makes the Judge’s contrasting inner and...

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