Seven Gables Seven Deadly Sins

Topics: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor, Mary Warren / Pages: 3 (745 words) / Published: Dec 7th, 2015
The Seven Deadly Sins, the Cardinal Virtues, and The House of the Seven Gables In the book, The House of the Seven Gables, many readers believe that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel so that the seven gables of the house represent the seven deadly sins, and that the characters had to live with these sins. Some also think that the Cardinal Virtues, the opposite of the seven deadly sins, were present as well. Let’s take a look at these sins and virtues, shall we? First off, the Seven Deadly Sins and the characters that struggle the most with them:
Lust: Lust is connected to a strong desire, usually sexual. The sin is mainly mentioned with prostitution and adultery in the bible, but can be desire for power, money, and other things. I found the most prominent character to show this trait was Matthew Maule from the story told by Holgrave.
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Pride can cause a person to do anything, good or bad. Pride is to think yourself and your ideas higher than others, to a point that you won’t budge. Two characters really seemed to shine on this sin. Hephzibah and Mr. Holgrave were both prideful people, neither one budging on their ideas, Holgrave with his politics, and Hephzibah with her unhappiness at having to open her own shop to keep herself and her brother from going into poverty. Both characters seem to have a lot of pride. And now the four Cardinal Virtues:
Prudence: Prudence is to have knowledge about certain things, but to also be wise with the information you know.
Justice: Justice is to be fair and to have a good understanding of right and wrong.
Temperance: Temperance is to have patience, and also to be very balanced in your emotions.
Courage: Courage is to be brave, but Courage: Courage means to be brave. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are not scared, but it does mean you do not let that fear control your actions and thoughts in situations where you need to do the right

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