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Nathaniel Hawthorne

In the novel, The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
uses several devices to describe Judge Pyncheon. Hawthorne gives a
thorough profile on the Judge’s character with the use of tone, point of
Hawthorne’s use of tone highlights Pyncheon’s devoted character
who had “the faithfulness of his public services in subsequent capacities.”
Yet, his mood slowly began to change to point out some of Pyncheon’s
weaker and darker sides. Hawthorne lets the reader visualize that
Pyncheon’s “proper face was what he beheld in the looking glass,” to
show that all of his good traits are simply images that are hiding his bad
traits. The fragility of the looking-glass appears to be a symbol for the weak
Judge. Although a very respected man, the Judge has yet to find respect
Hawthorne also uses omniscient third person point of veiw to show
the reader both, good and bad sides of Judge Pyncheon. Omniscient point
of veiw lets the reader see that the Judge is not who he seems to be. He
isn’t even the person he thinks he is. Hawthorne allows the reader to
acknowledge Pyncheon’s “darker traits” and his hidden flaws, yet
Pyncheon himself does not realize the evil traits that he possesses.
Diction is one device that Hawthorne uses to let the reader see all
aspects of the Judge. Pyncheon’s “judicial character,” “remarkable zeal,”
“admirably arranged life,” or “smile of broad benevolence,” are some of the
detail descriptions Hawthorne used to bring out the Judge’s character. Not
only positive points, but Hawthorne uses harsh negativity to portray
Pyncheon’s “reckless youth” and “hard, cold” image.
Every point of Pyncheon’s character is given by Hawthorne with his
use of tone, point of veiw, and diction. All of these devices gave Hawthorne
the ability to show who Judge Pyncheon really was. The vivid use of words