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Criticism Related to Female Characters in The House of the Seven Gables

Criticism Related to Female Characters in The House of the Seven Gables

  • Criticism Related to Hepzibah
    • Excerpts from Family Themes and Hawthorne's Fiction: The Tenacious Web by Gloria C. Erlich which points to models based on himself and his mother, Elizabeth Hathorne, who both chose to isolate themselves from the world. Thus, he had real models to help capture Hepzibah's self-imposed isolation from society. (courtesy of Rutgers University Press)
    • Excerpts from essay by John Idol in Hawthorne and Women edited by Idol and Melinda Ponder on Mary Russell Mitford’s sympathetic portrayal of Hepzibah (courtesy of GIVE PUBLISHER)
      Idol says that in Mary RusselL Mitford’s discussion of The House of Seven Gables, "she expressed a special liking for Hepzibah, confessing that, once in an effort to support herself in the midst of financial straits, she had thought of setting up as a shopkeeper herself. 'Ah, I have a strong fellow-feeling for that poor Hepzibah - a decayed gentlewoman, elderly, ugly, awkward, near-sighted, cross!'" Mitford found Hawthorne's depiction of both Hepzibah and Phoebe very realistic (146).  
    • Excerpts from essay by Melissa Pennell in Hawthorne and Women edited by John Idol and Melinda Ponder which compares Mary Wilkins Freeman’s characters to Hepzibah. Like Hepzibah, Freeman’s female characters are genteel women struggling to achieve self-worth in a changing society. (courtesy of GIVE PUBLISHER’S NAME)
  • Criticism Related to Phoebe
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  • Criticism Related to Alice
    • [NONE AS YET]



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