|Plot Summary of The Haunting Of Hill House|
|"Dr. Montague, a psychic researcher, invites a small group to help him carry out his research into the secrets of Hill House, a house that has a history of evil events. He suggests that some houses may be inherently evil, and he hopes to discover what makes them that way. Very soon strange things begin happening–doors open and shut when no one is near; there is banging in the walls; eerie voices are heard. While the doctor insists everyone is safe, others are not so sure. Moreover the house's activities seem to be directed at one of his aides, Miss Vance.
When the doctor's wife arrives and tried to make direct contact with the spirits that she thinks are in the house, the house seems to get more stirred up and angry. The strange happenings get more and more severe, until finally they decide to try to leave. "
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Haunting Of Hill House|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the haunted house chased me!
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- magical being
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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