The author used lighting to influence character actions such as in (540, 2), when he describes the room as black. Edgar Allan Poe makes the old man’s room seem extremely inky with a lantern covered so none other than a thread of light the size of a spiders silk was shone out. This makes the room extremely eerie, with the narrator only being able to see the old man’s eye; and the old man seeing nothing. This made the room feel lonely and suspicious. The author also gave us a sense of fear in (539, 2) when the old man heard the narrator and then groaned in mortal terror.
In the beginning line of the poem, the speaker says, “once upon a midnight dreary” (637). Right off the bat one feels unsettled. This is due to the time of night during which this poem takes place. This feeling suddenly changes to fear when there is a “tapping at my chamber door” (638). It is eerie that someone would be visiting him so late at night.
Robles 1 Jesus Robles Mr. Recinto Credit Recovery May 14 2017 American gothic Literature: Edgar Allan Poe Author during this time period included: Edgar Allan Poe. Elements of American gothic literature were rational vs. irrational, puritanism, guilt, ghosts, and monsters, At times American Gothic Literature would seem to mock transcendentalism with the character going insane and becoming irrational. At times American Gothic Literature would seem to mock transcendentalism with the character going insane and becoming irrational. Poe edited multiple literary journals and it was during this time in which he established himself as a writer. He published many works.
The speaker’s relationship with his “lost Lenore,” seems to be an unexpected one. Lenore is referred to as an angel, while the narrator is surrounded by ghosts and evil feelings. The feeling of terror which was felt when the narrator opened the door to find “darkness there and nothing more,” could have been reduced had a light been nearby to illuminate the hallway, but the importance of the darkness shows the audience that the lack of religion and prayers of the narrator are taking a toll on him, as the seemingly lack of religious beliefs Poe had also affected his life. Not only did Poe allude to the evil aspects of religions in this poem, but he also threw in a few allusions that make the audience question what Poe’s beliefs truly were. Poe alludes to the Hellenistic story of Pallas Athena in line 41, the narrator points out that this Raven is “perched upon a bust of Pallas,” Poe specifically chose Pallas because she and Lenore relate to each other in the ways that the two of them will only live on in their names.
His surroundings are conducive to the situation he finds himself in. The word "chamber" itself implies a cold, rigid feel, like the narrator has shut himself away from everything in order to be alone to brood and torture himself. The words "ghost" and "dying ember" give the reader a feeling of discomfort, like something is not quite right with the situation. The narrator opens the chamber door into darkness, deep darkness, and silence. He stands there, fearing what is before him, "dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before" (732).
For example, The Boss who only shows up once is a very lonely man because he has no friendships so he is always a very angry man. The Boss takes out his anger on Crooks because he is black. Crooks is being discriminated against so he is very lonely and that makes him want to pick on someone else so that’s why he picks on
While the Cask of Amontillado has a more sinister and creepy setting as we can see on page 117 “the vaults are insufferably damp” (Mays, Cask of Amontillado) sets up for a dark and dreary setting. The very beginning where the narrator says he “I must not only punish but punish with impunity” is in the first paragraph foreshadowing the events to come. Right before the story progresses the story starts off at an ally or street where we meet the
In “The Black Cat” Poe presents many different settings, but none of them are highlighted in great detail. Poe might not have had wanted to focus on certain details, like when and where; instead, Poe may have wanted to focus on revealing the psychotic twist his mind had (“Edgar Allan Poe”). The story is about the bad things that happen within the narrator's life. The vague description of each setting does not bring the story to life, but it does create an suspicious theme to the story. The only settings in the story are the narrator's apartment and the cellar where the narrator killed his wife.
Especially when Montresor vows revenge and when he lures Fortunato into the catacombs. In the scene where they go into the catacombs the narrator says “We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame”(7). The catacombs are dark and scary, which allows the mood to be very prominent in this scene. The mood is also clearly shown in the manner in which Montresor pulls off his revenge, and when he commits murder in a way that will have no consequences for him. The story “ The Cask of Amontillado” shows the reader the mood from the beginning.
Without the creepy settings, the stories would not be as scary. In “Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe uses words to create a terrifying castle surrounded by dead trees and an overall sense of dread and death. “…With the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The setting plays a great role in this story because the house is connected to Mr. Usher. Usher is a broken man, with a depression that reflects on the depression of the house.
¨The door was blistered and disdained.¨ That shows the door was dark and creepy. ¨The whole business looked apocryphal.¨ This showed the business wasn 't full proof. ¨She had an evil face.¨ Her face was dark and mysterious. These are a few examples of how imagery is used in the book.¨ In the book Stevenson creates a mysterious mood with diction. ¨Smoother by hypocrisy.¨ This is untrue and you don´t know the real meaning.
Roderick, as well as his house, in The Fall of the House of Usher is gloomy and dark at first glance. “view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.” (Poe 1) The house of Usher looks creepy and dark, also it appears to give off a wave of gloominess. Roderick is dark and gloomy, just like his house, he gives others a feeling of dread and fear.