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Hollow of Three Hills

A Prezi about the short story "The Hollow of Three Hills" for my literature class.

Perry Nowak

on 13 September 2012

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Transcript of Hollow of 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 daughter the rest of the story simply would not exist. At the end of the story the young Woman dies as well. Ultimately sacrificing her life due to her guilt ridden conscious of leaving behind her loved ones. Worst of all, she gives up her life to witness the suffering she had caused to her family by leaving them. Death is also used figuratively in the story between the relationships of the various family members. When the young Woman decides to run away from home she brings on the death of her relationships with her parents and husbands. Her actions become irreversible and unforgivable. This is clearly the main character of the short story, it is uncertain what her name was but she is described as being “graceful in form and fair of feature, though pale and troubled, and smitten with an untimely blight in what should have been the fullest bloom of her years.” She is weak woman who chose to run away from her daughters looming, untimely death and left her family with the duties that ought to be a mother’s, especially at the time this story was written. She is filled with so much guilt and remorse for leaving behind the ones she loved the most that she arranges a meeting with an ancient witch who can present her with insight into how her family is holding up, for a price: her life. The young Lady realizes that she has left behind the only people she cares about in the world and that her life is useless now that she can’t return home. In the end we find out that she cares so deeply about her family that she gives up her life for a mere hour to see how her family is. Character
Analysis Young Woman The Old Woman is the antagonist of the story. Although she helps out the young Women by letting her check up on her family, she ultimately ends up getting immense pleasure out of seeing the young Woman dead at the end of the story, by saying “Here has been a sweet hour’s sport!” after the events of the night had commenced. She is said to be in direct opposite of the young Woman “an ancient, meanly dressed woman, of ill-favored aspect, and so withered, shrunken and decrepit, that even the space since she began to decay must have exceeded the ordinary term of human existence.” The old woman is suspected to be a witch, rich with powers that are not capable of an ordinary human being. She is not also thought of to be pure of heart; killing others to allow them to see one hour of their near and dear ones. The story says of the old woman, “that evil woman began to weave her spell.” That is blatant evidence directly from the text stating that this old hag was up to no good. Old Woman The young lady’s parents are ashamed of what their daughter had done, leaving behind their son-in-law and grandchild. Not only did they have to deal with the great sadness of losing their grandchild but also the embarrassment and great sadness of losing their daughter as well. The story claims their words to being filled with “sorrow,” The father is shown to be “calmly despondent” as the Mother is “querulous and tearful”. Young Woman's Parents The husband is battling the emotions of anger and sadness. He is greatly angered at the young Woman for leaving him to care for his dying daughter by his lonesome yet he is also sad for the loss of his daughter and wife. Husband of the Young Woman Point of View. The story is told in the
third person point of
view. Setting The setting of this story is
in a basin beneath the
three hills, where "no
mortal could observe them." Them being the main characters. A lake lies between the hills, with old and rotting trees on the ground and in the water. Dwarf pines are plentiful on the hill sides. Symbolism The Old Woman's Cloak:
This symbolizes darkness, which was necessary for the old woman in order for the spells to work. Another symbol is a coffin, which symbolizes death. Not only did the young woman's daughter die, she did as well. postcolonialism In the 1830s, many things
were going on. Such as the
French Revolution of 1830
began, and the Texas
Revolution began in Texas
as well. The building of
railroads begins to take off
in the United States. A group
of galaxies called "Robert's
Quartet" is discovered. The
Morman religion is founded
by Joseph Smith. Andrew
Jackson and Martin Van Buren
are elected as prisedents
of the U.S. What are the themes
of the story? What point of view was this story told in? Young Woman... Old woman... Young Woman's Parents... Husband of the young woman Setting? Describe it. Can you think of any
symbols that were
significant in the story? What is the authors purpose?
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