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.
Dickens revealed how the jails were where the, “Dire Diseases were bred [and how the they] came into the court with the prisoners,” eventually infecting the judge too. The absurdity that the judges believe they are safe from illness even though the prisoners are ill exposes the horrific state of law by exposing the irony in the court. The sickness shows irony for the judges own prisons are so disgustingly kept that the prisoners being brought in are the reason the judges themselves get sick and eventually perish. Furthermore, by personifying the illness as able to multiply on its own shows how horrific the state of the law is in England by giving a sense that the disease is physically growing and infecting the people of the courtroom. The horrible conditions of the court parallel the mob in France by exposing the state of
Literary influence from Dante enhances the documentarian focus of exposing the horrors of prison. Dostoevsky links spiritual and bodily disfigurement in a commentary on the physical effects of confinement. Moral confinement and disintegration of an inner spirituality results in monstrous, inhuman characters, as well; A—v, a Russian nobleman, is a character described as “a piece of flesh furnished with teeth and a stomach, greedy for the most offensive and ferocious animal enjoyments” (210). “He was a monster—a moral Quasimodo” (210) remarks Dostoevsky, a “disgusting creature” (210). Animalistic physique is tied to his anti-spiritual moral depravity; although “good-looking” (210), Dostoevsky describes him in bestial terms.
She mentions the bedstead that is nailed onto the ground and the canvas mattress that is on it. This shows the expression of imprisonment and the remotion that she is controlled from. The author also conveys the patterns on the wallpaper to describe the nursery room. The intricate design of the yellow wallpaper is impersonating the narrator and reflecting on her own self. Furthermore, the practical idea of the medical institution was to keep her away from becoming more ill, but in the end, it was rather destroying her more as she faced the truth of the inner reality of her life.
Mood is a literary device that is used in Kidd’s novel “The Secret Life of Bees” to show how almost everyone has deep dark secrets that holds them in the past. Mood refers to the mental and emotional disposition of the way a subject or a character is portrayed, which in turn sets up the atmosphere or mood to the novel. For instance in Kidd’s novel, “The Secret Life of Bees”, the mood is frequently serious because it treats a series of somber issues: verbal and physical abuse, racial discrimination, violence, and death. However, Kidd punctuates these grave moments with humor and the desire of the characters to overcome. Because the characters are able to meet the many challenges they face and
Explore the theme of discrimination within Steinbeck’s novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ and how this relate to the historical context of the time. “In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing – antihumanism.” – Shirley Chisholm. Discrimination. It’s a key theme that crafts, changes, and destroys certain aspects of the novella; such as the relationships, the hopes, dreams, and all the good in the world. Sometimes, it even overpowers the very structure itself of the novella.
In the poem Schizophrenia, the narrator personifies the house to give the reader a deeper understanding of the “mad house”. Also, by personifying the house, the house can be further interpreted to the mind of a person suffering from the actual mental disorder schizophrenia and foreshadow the outcome of the disorder. Nerveless, the personification lets the reader insight of the mind of a person suffering from schizophrenia, by interpreting the characters in the house to emotion, and the house to the
Edgar Allan Poe addresses the dark and gruesome side of human nature in his writing “The Black Cat”, which during that time and even now are perceived as radical ideas. This dark human nature is displayed in Poe’s writing as the narrator recalls the happenings of a most erratic event. The narrator, a pet lover with a sweet disposition, in this story succumbs to the most challenging aspects of human nature including that of addiction, anger, and perverseness. To the Christian believer, human’s sinful flesh leads people to do wrong because that is their natural tendency. The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness.
Their lack of control and and their lack of obedience for rules brings them to savagery and loss of innocence, leading to the tragic deaths of a few of their own. William Golding uses symbolism, similes, and repetition to brilliantly and powerfully illustrate loss of civilization and innocence in the novel. Using these literary devices, Golding makes the read much more descriptive and meaningful. The novel really shows the darkness deep inside every man, and under the right conditions, this darkness can arise, resulting in a loss of innocence and civilization. Golding’s uses of symbolism, similes, and repetition help convey that theme even
Throughout Prisoner On the Hell Planet, the colour black is largely intensified, in contrast to the rest of the novel which has a white background. The purpose of this is to highlight the dark themes of the situation. The intensity of the shading effectively portrays the grief and overwhelming sense of morbidity in the story. Even before reading the text, the reader instantly gets a foreboding feeling, based on the negative emotions associated with
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the deficit of a controlled mindset leads to a colossal tragedy like no other, greatly exemplifying the power of our actions and the consequence it has on others. Strongly articulated throughout the book is an element of hardship, which is shown in numerous situations along the way. The mental incapability of Lennie continuously highlights the worst of him, and does not portray who he truly is. Various aspects of Lennie’s personhood such as obsessions and innocence are conflated by his poor mental health, creating a life full of challenges for Lennie to overcome. As I expressed in the introductory paragraph, Lennie’s obsession of his future overtook him, so throughout his lifetime of struggles, having this fantasy of “The American Dream” was something he could grasp onto, on which he could never let go.