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THE HOLLOW OF THE THREE HILLS By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Presentation by: Perry Nowak, and Maggie Smith The Hollow of Three Hills The Author’s Purpose is to show that no matter how much you try to run away from your problems, they always follow. Often multiplying along the way and leaving the ones you left behind with your burden as well. Authors Purpose. Historical Context The story was written in 1830, during that time witchcraft was still being persecuted in the North America, leading the story to be more believable to the reader of this time period. There are multiple themes in this story: Dishonor, death and deceit. The beautiful young Woman who flees her home in a cowardly attempt to escape her daughter’s looming and inevitable death causes dishonor within her family. In one flashback we view the young Woman’s parents who are speaking of “daughter, a wanderer they knew not where, bearing dishonor along with her, and leaving shame and affliction to bring their gray heads to the grave.” Theme's Part 1 Deceit is also another theme throughout the story. The young Woman deceives her family by running away and leaving behind her duties of a daughter, wife and mother. But more specifically she deceives her husband, she hears her husband speak “of a woman’s perfidy, of a wife who had broken her holiest vow, of a home and heart desolate.” The young Woman leaves her husband behind, a man whom she pledged to love and stay with “till death do us part.” She leaves him behind to care for their dying daughter alone, left him to mend a broken heart while preparing for it to be broken inevitably in the near future yet again. Themes Part 2 Themes Part 3 The final theme seen in the story is Death. Death happens twice literally in the novel, first by the death of the young Woman’s daughter. A death that is as ambiguous as the rest of the story. It is arguable that death is the ultimate theme for the short story; sprouting the rest of the storyline. Without the death of the

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