When Poe appeared on the American literary scene, more than seventy years old tradition in Gothic writing existed. At its best, Gothic literature evokes the emotional response from its readers as do nightmares and night terrors. Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a pioneer of detective fiction. When Poe appeared on the American literary scene, more than seventy years old tradition in Gothic writing existed.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Where is Here?” by Joyce Carol Oates are both pieces of Gothic literature. However, Oates is a modern Gothic writer as Poe is not, and Gothic literature traditionally uses grandeur, darkness, and decay in their tales. So, the question is; does the setting of traditional Gothic tales matter so much in modern Gothic stories? First of all, we start with one of the traditional Gothic writers, Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote “The Fall of House of Usher,” which is a tell of a character whose name is unknown to us, that visits his old childhood friend, Roderick Usher, who is the last of his family after his sister had died, who is now buried in a vault. Now, Poe’s “The Fall of House of Usher” uses a lot of the traditional settings of Gothic tales, the beginning of the story first starts with; “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback,
Many modernists were inspired by the Civil War, WWI, and the Great Depression to introduce a new theme into literature. This theme consisted of the stream of conscious, and hopelessness. A short piece that has both of these themes is “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” by Katherine Ann Porter. Porter’s short story compared to many other modernistic pieces during the modernist time period. A terrific comparison to this story is the story “Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, which also has both the stream of conscious and hopelessness as themes.
The Use of Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown In the short story, “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne symbolism and imagery are used in many ways, reading the story once is only scratching the surface. Hawthorne sculpts a story by tying intricate details together to create something that will absorb the reader. Through scenery, Biblical references, and even names and colors, Hawthorne has proven himself as a literary genius. Imagery used by Hawthorne starts off in the first sentence of the story with the use of scenery. In the beginning of the story, the scene is set by the author telling us that Young Goodman Brown and his wife Faith are in the streets of Salem, “came forth at sunset into the street at Salem Village,” (Hawthorne
Obsession, death and lost love are all common subjects in works of Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is the author of the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”. He is also the author of poems such as “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”. Edgar Allan Poe uses repetition, figurative language and unreliable narrators to build suspense in his works. Poe is known for his repetition when building suspense in his works.
Symbolism in “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Symbolism is a figure of speech that is used when an author wants to create a certain mood or emotion in a work of literature. It is the use of an object, person, situation or word to represent something else, like an idea, in literature. Many writers use symbolism in their works and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was a 19th century American novelist and Dark Romantic, is not an exception. His works usually represent the dark and evil side of human nature and are filled with symbolism from bible, nature, etc. “The Birthmark”, written in 1843, is one of the most famous short stories by Hawthorne.
In the following paragraphs you will be reading on what I think about Edgar Poe’s poem, ‘To Helen’, Hilda Doolittle’s poem, ‘To Helen’, and how each poet used literary devices. Even though both of the poems are talking about Helen thay have two very distinct points of view about her. To start let 's talk about the poem “To Helen” by Edgar Allan Poe. As the title suggests this poem is addressed to Helen, like a letter. It is quite shocking that Poe would write a love poem since he is known to write dark or death poems.
Loss of narrative identity. A dichotomous interpretation of the duality motif in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” The purpose of this essay is to contrast the multiple double stances present in the novella “The Fall of the House of Usher” and to show that this duality motif isn’t presenting the double as an exact mirror image, but rather as a doppelgänger with the meaning of ‘evil twin’. By the end of this essay I will demonstrate that even the narrator becomes a dual image of himself, culminating with the loss of the narrative’s identity, which also subdues itself to the laws of duplicity. My demonstration is proved both by my personal insight and by arguments formed on the basis of relevant secondary sources. The argumentative part of this essay will be divided into three paragraphs, each of them disputing the duality of different aspects: the house in contrast with its surroundings and the Usher family, the opposition of Roderick and Madeline, the narrator in the beginning versus the narrator as a double of Roderick towards the end of the novella and the narrator as part of the general dichotomous scenery and action.
Mary Shelley, a novelist, lived among practitioners who believed in the above-mentioned principles of Romanticism. She used many of these principles in her novel called ‘Frankenstein’ to reflect Romanticism. Frankenstein is considered as one of the most authentic Romantic works. Readers can observe an extensive use of nature throughout the entire novel. In the following paper, I will discuss how Shelley specifically used nature to reflect Romanticism in her novel “Frankenstein”.
Jones (2015: 72) draws attention to H.P. Lovecraft who admits his work being indivisible from his forerunners. Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft are considered to be the most prominent writers in the genre of fantasy and horror fiction. The works of Poe were a great inspiration for Lovecraft, who on many occassions used not only themes and motives included in Poe's stories, but also the words and style of the former author. Furthermore, Lovecraft even wrote a poem about Poe.