The Wives on the Dead is one of Hawthornes less kept in mind tales from a series of early tales he published in 1832. The storyplot occurs in early eighteenth century Massachusetts Bay. Mary and Margaret will be the two main characters, they are sister in laws who are attracted closer together because both their man pass away within two successive days and nights. However the report is not as simple as the plot. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses his prolonged visual descriptions to make a symbolic and almost supernatural record. If the storyline is read quickly the reader may make the fault of thinking its simply discovering the nature of your woman's grief. However buried beneath the deceit' of the narrator, lay the details that reveal the real meaning of the storyplot. Like all of Hawthorne's writings the story does not lack complexity.