Poe was interested in madness, detective stories, and has perceived themes like death and decay.58 A new innovation to the gothic that appears in the mid-nineteenth century is the Sensation novels. Sensation mode is derived from Radcliffean style of evoking terror , suspense, and mystery. It is regarded as a sub- genre of the gothic . Sensational novel deals mainly with senses. It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety.
Unsurprisingly, in Poe 's poem, "The Raven" and short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart", suspense was created skillfully through the point-of-view of the narrator, irony, and narrative structure. One of the techniques that Poe used in both “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” to create suspense, was the point-of-view of the narrator. Poe created a first person point-of-view that limited the readers’ knowledge on what was happening which created suspense since suspense was based on the unknown As shown in “The Raven”, through the first person point-of-view, the narrator stated, “As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door” which only gave the readers information on where the source of the knocking was, but the readers didn’t know who was knocking. The unknown source of the sound created suspense. The narrator also found out that there was nothing at the door as he stated, “Darkness there and nothing more”
Dark remote settings, maniacal events, mental and physical torment, and robust language containing treacherous meanings are ingredients that encompass the Gothic style. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, demonstrates how he adopts components of the Gothic style as a way to deliver fear to the narrator and the reader. As the narrator, we are never given his name, views the House of Usher for the first time, he is absorbed with despair as a result of the spectacle before him. “I looked
Comparative essay between The Black Cat and The Cat from Hell Thos about comparing and contrasting between Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” and Stephen King’s “The Cat from Hell”. Both of the authors are greatly known for their gothic stories. This essay is also going to mention a lot of suspense techniques those two authors use and compare them. As you know, suspense is a technique use in English gothic literature to make the readers feel nervous about what is going to happen in the story itself. This technique is used usually to attract readers and to make them feel entertained.
Name and Surname: Buse Akpolat The Name of the Course: Cultural Institution Assignment Subject: In English Literature there was a time called Victorian era when gothic elements are integrated into novels. From that time to the modern ages you will see the gothic characteristics such as settings, characters and plot. “Gothic Novels in English Literature” Word Count: IMITATION OF MEDIEVALISM Once upon a time, in 18th century England there was a time everybody wanted to believe that there were supernatural and mysterious beings, and they started to think about beyond their imagination. They wrote novels about these beliefs. By then, these novels were called as “Gothic”.
The symbols within the stories of these great writers revealed the impending darkness and gloom that characterized Dark Romanticism. The symbols from “The Fall of the House of Usher," written by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Young Goodman Brown,” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, sought to use Dark Romanticism to illuminate the mixture of good and evil in human nature. Dark Romanticism is a form of writing that consists of human nature, sins, death, and an abundance of evil to create fearful images that toy with the emotions of its readers. Edgar Allan Poe, a professional at creating such stories, used symbols within his stories to further his Gothic Romantic theme. In the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe wrote, “I know not how it was – but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.
Edgar Allan Poe uses art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Haunted Palace” to create an emotion-filled setting changing readers perceptions and illustrates imagery of the decline from happiness to sadness. Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” is structured to create a mysterious atmosphere at the beginning of the passage to carry through the rest of the short story. The author uses the description of the setting to trigger emotions for the reader by using an eerie landscape surrounded by darkness. Specifically, the short story conjures a sense or fear for the reader as depicted when the narrator describes the setting, “There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart- an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the subline” (Poe 160). His description of the setting is used to create a picture in the reader minds of not only what his eyes are seeing, but also what his emotions are as he arrives at The House of Usher.
Hume also supports this claim by stating that the creature, which was meant to be beautiful, reflects in its outward form Victor’s inward deformity. He gives an example with the early history of the monster that craves love, which is an ironic reproduction of Frankenstein 's personality, for he can neither express love, nor respond properly to human emotions. The result of this intercourse between Gothic and Romantic elements is a novel that is far more complex and sophisticated than the work of many of her contemporaries by provoking philosophical, ethical and moral questions left to the reader to answer, as said by Nicole
To a great extent, Edgar Allan Poe’s writing is for the most part is gothic, as portrayed in most of his work. What is gothic? It’s a type of style that represents dark, fear, horror, though in different ways. Such as there are many types of gothic styles, like gothic architecture, fashion, gothic literature,gothic music, people, and there used to be a gothic language. Gothic Literature is a style of writing that is characterized by components of fear, horror, gloom, and romantic features, such as nature, individuality, and very intense emotion, which can be, but are not limited to suspense and fear.
The term ‘Gothic’ often brings up certain images into one’s mind namely the supernatural, darkness, castles, love and mystery. Gothic elements are very common in the writings of many writers so far as the 18th and 19th century literature is concerned. However, Gothic genre has been divided in two different types by the recent study on the same. These are two gender-based groups: the male and the female gothic with their respective features and thematic concerns. Wuthering Heights is notable for its settings and its features such as ghosts, violation of graves, revenge motifs, sadism, trapped heroine, villain which rightly place the novel into the genre of Female Gothic.