Comparison Btw Hollow Finger

Topics: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Protagonist, Character Pages: 8 (708 words) Published: April 16, 2015
English
Literature
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Initiation Mechanism
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Comparison and
Contrast between
Contractive
Soil The Hollow
of the Three Hills and Moving Finger
by GAN Gok
Ling

Theme

In the short stories ‘The Hollow of The Three Hills’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne and ‘The Moving Finger’ by Edith Wharton,
Common:
The writers convey the theme of the supernatural through various techniques.
Difference:
Hawthorne’s story is more open about the supernatural and uses the setting and one of the main point to portray the darkness of the poem and the abnormal elements of it.
In Wharton’s story, the supernatural is more of an underlying element in contrast to Hawthorne’s story. Both short stories use symbolism to portray the different supernatural elements that they both contain.

Symbolism
The Hollow of the Three Hills

Moving Finger

Three Hills
a. Virtue,
b. 3 in relation to the bible: Father, Son and God.
c. Past, Present &Future

Portrait
a.
The spirit of 2nd Mrs. Grancy
b.
The obsession tool of both man
c.
The tool for Mr. Grancy to show his love to
his rival –Clayden. Mr. Grancy wants to
remind Clayden that Mrs. Grancy belongs
to him.

Hollow Basin
a. Evil power
b. Coffin of the child
c. Shelter

Library
a.
Place where Mr. Grancy fantasies about
the existence of Mrs.Grancy
b.

Europe (Rome) shelter

Characteristics
Background
The Hollow of the Three Hills

Moving Finger

Main Character-Beautiful woman, graceful in
form and suffered from isolation & loneliness

Main Character- Mr. Grancy, sentimental man
who also suffered from loneliness.

Lack of loyalty and betray her family

Loyal to the woman he likes and never forget the
pain of losing her.

Chief Character
Withed witch (stock character), selfish and evil.

Chief Character
Clayden (Antagonist), selfish and self-centered

Gain happiness upon pain of others “sweet
hour’s sport”

Having an affair with other’s wife without felling
guilty

It’s written in the form of third person omniscient
point of view where the narrator can see
and know everything

Narrator as one of the character and it’s written
in the first person peripheral point of view

The Hollow of the Three Hills

Moving Finger

What sort of conflicts the main character facing?
Guilt of abandon her family especially the death
of her child.

What sort of conflicts the main character facing?
Facing loneliness of being apart eternally with her
beloved ones.

Running away physically never bring piece to her
mind which eventually cause her death

Conflict btw him and his rival –Clayden , to prove
his rival 2nd Mrs. Grancy belongs to him.

Are the character consistent?
Yes, she remains coward and guilty throughout
the whole story.

Are the character consistent?
Yes, he remains obsessive towards her dead wife
and insists of taking revenge after he died by
giving the portrait to his rival.
Ironically, Clayden thinks it’s his honor to have
the portrait as his own, which makes him feel that
Mr’s Grancy totally belong to him.

Setting
Background
The Hollow of the Three Hills

Moving Finger

Main Character-Beautiful woman, graceful in
form and suffered from isolation & loneliness

Main Character- Mr. Grancy, sentimental man
who also suffered from loneliness.

Lack of loyalty and betray her family

Loyal to the woman he likes and never forget the
pain of losing her.

Chief Character
Withed witch (stock character), selfish and evil.

Chief Character
Clayden (Antagonist), selfish and self-centered

Gain happiness upon pain of others “sweet
hour’s sport”

Having an affair with other’s wife without felling
guilty

It’s written in the form of third person omniscient
point of view where the narrator can see
and know everything

Narrator as one of the character and it’s written
in the first person peripheral point of view

Tone
The Hollow of the
Three Hills...
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