The Character Of Judge Pyncheon Revealed In Hawthorne's The House Of Seven Gables

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Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of Seven Gables, reveals Judge Pyncheon’s character in a strategic manner to show the shallowness in Judge Pyncheon’s good deeds. The author uses the position of details, diction, and tone to express his dislike for Judge Pyncheon’s character and also to reveal the judges character as two-fold, first good, then evil.
Nathaniel Hawthorne strategically reveals Judge Pyncheon’s seemingly good side to the reader in order to show how “fake” Pyncheon really is. Judge Pyncheon is a man of “eminent respectability” (line 3), who is always “faithful to his public service” (line 8) as Judge and “devoted to his party.” (line 9) The Judge also has “unimpeachable integrity” as the treasurer of a club for widows and orphans. But Judge Pyncheon was unlike any of the characteristics afore mentioned. Truly, Judge Pyncheon was the man who “cast off” his son and only forgave him when forgiveness was useless, in the final fifteen minutes of his own son’s life. Judge Pyncheon definitely wanted to cast a good impression of himself onto the public so he said his prayers at “eventide and mealtide.” (line 22) He also was a “supporter” of the temperance movement but he really was a sloppy drunk who consumes “five diurnal glasses of old Sherry wine” (line 25) The way Pyncheon “supports” the “temperance-cause” (line 23) is much like how his character is. On the outside, in public, Pyncheon acts “first-class” so no one would ever know he was evil but at home or in his heart, he is truly a wicked man. Pyncheon also deceives the public in the way he dresses and acts while going about his everyday “motions.” Whenever Pyncheon is in public, he always has his “gold-headed cane, a roomy coat, and snow white hair” (lines 25-27) which is how one would suspect an honest member of society to have. Pyncheon never passes anyone in the street without giving them an undoubtedly fake, “benevolent smile” (line 33)...

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