Phoebe Pyncheon Character Analysis Essay

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In the novel, The House of the Seven Gables, Phoebe Pyncheon, the main character, visits her cousin, Hepzibah, at the seven gabled mansion. Her visit to the gloomy mansion is one where she makes living almost bearable to an ordinary person by drastically lightning up the atmosphere of the mansion. She certainly does her very best to make Hepzibah and Clifford comfortable and more human. Throughout the novel, Phoebe exhibits the character traits of being cheerful, helpful, and selfless. Phoebe constantly exhibits the character trait of being cheerful throughout the novel. The first example of this is when Phoebe tells Hepzibah, "You will find me a cheerful little body." This is only the beginning of her being cheerful even in the midst of …show more content…
The main character of the novel, Phoebe Pyncheon, is a cousin of Hepzibah from New England. One day Phoebe visits her cousin at the seven gabled mansion. She realizes that Hepzibah is not glad she came because she has been in solitude by herself in the mansion for a while. Hepzibah is one of the members of the old Pyncheon family. Thus, she suffers due to the ancestral sin passed onto her. Phoebe seeing this decides she would love to make her cousin happy by helping her make a living and by bringing unusual life into the gloomy mansion. She does most of the work to prepare meals and helps bring in money for food through being shop-keeper all out of the kindness of her heart. She eventually meets her other cousin Clifford and cheers him up in addition to helping out around the house and garden. No matter what she does, she does it with completely selfless intentions. She even inspires the two cousins to go to church with her one day, but they never end up going. After long, she returns to her own home for a short period to settle some things, but returns to see that she really touched her cousins ' hearts. She sees this because she is the reason both Hepzibah and Clifford were able to, after years of confinement inside the old mansion, leave

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