The Haunting Of Hill House Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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   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.
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Plot & Themes

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 Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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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