In the physical reality, mood is used to distinguish how someone feels. However in the literary world, authors tend to manipulate mood in order to draw a reader in. Within Jack Finney 's "Contents of a Dead Man 's Pocket," Finney manipulates the reader’s mood in order to capture their attention. Similarly, Richard Connell alters the readers mood by creating suspense within his story "The Most Dangerous Game," drawing the audience into the story. However, while Finney creates anxiety among the readers through description, Connell creates tension through the characters speech, thought, and describing the actions of others.
It is used to make the story become more real, and easier for the reader to place himself in the story, and feel the same way as the characters. Stephen King is using the terror effect throughout the whole story. He is making the feeling of dread and anticipation the main factors in the horrifying experience. He also uses the horror effect, when he is writing about The Boogeyman, but he leaves out the gross out part. Edgar Allan Poe is in the same way using both terror and horror to give the reader the most horrifying experience.
Symbolism is a very important aspect to stories during the Dark Romantic time period. The symbols during that time period were designed to make the reader think more deeply about certain topics and themes in their works. Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne use symbolism to transform their stories into the cornerstones of the Dark Romantic time period. Furthermore, Poe and Hawthorne’s stories exemplify the symbolism of the Dark Romantic time period better than “The Birthmark,” “The Minister 's Black Veil,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” “The Fall of the House of Usher” is one of the best Dark Romantic pieces for its use of symbolism. The stories use of symbolism extends from the house itself to even the atmosphere around the house, exemplify the style of the era.
The entrapment of the narrator with his doppelganger in “William Wilson” could also be viewed as an enclosed space, the intense intimacy driving the narrator to insanity. The enclosed space is also prevalent in the mind of the narrator, as their surroundings reflect and represent their mentality, and put the forward the idea of the narrator’s mind as the enclosed space. Walter Shear explains in his article “Poe 's Fiction: The Hypnotic Magic of the Senses,” how the world of the narrators’ in Poe’s short stories are “not merely closed but enclosing”(283), thus making the theme of the enclosed space one that is immediately visible in Poe’s
Poe’s use of imagery in the short story is powerful and shows itself in multiple parts of the story. When Poe writes they “arrived at a deep crypt” (Poe) and “the foulness of the air caused out flambeaux rather to glow than flame” (Poe), the reader can write out an image to imagine what the scenery of the story is looking like at the moment. The feel, touch, smell, etc. is what Poe did really well when creating these images. Poe’s distinct explanations of imagery really put images into the readers head.
The first-person point-of-view found in Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado" is essential in creating the central theme of the story. This style of narration is also important in this particular story, because when a murderous protagonist, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his own perspective, the reader obtains a disconcerting look into his mental composure from the initial conjuring of his plan to the end result. The style of narration develops the unsettling tone of the story by allowing the reader to become personally acquainted with the thoughts and intentions of the protagonist. The first person point of view allows certain ironies to become evident, and furthermore, “The Cask of Amontillado” would not have been as psychologically powerful were
The narrator uses time to justify his actions on the old man, but Poe makes it clear the readers time and narrators time mean two very different things. Poe efficaciously fractures the language of the narrator, as he speaks to the reader, to mimic a frantic mind. The narrator would continually try to convince the reader of his clarity and his sanity, while the reader knew he was insane. This enhanced the narrator’s clear psychosis and dual-personality, helping the reader to understand the story. The narrator refers to the old man’s eye continually in his
Death, rape, murder, psychopath: words that vehemently cry for horror and taboo yet carry a mystique and fascination to not only the criminally obsessed, but also to the average person. As a result, authors and directors tend to capitalize on the viewing public’s urges for crime and thriller, often recreating stories of the world’s most tragic, sadistic serial killers in history through biographies, documentaries, television shows, and movie adaptations. Unfortunately, these dramatizations can sometimes overshadow the impact of these crimes, exploiting the violence for entertainment rather than the tragedies itself. However, in 2012, illustrator Derf Backderf revolutionized a new medium to portray the true crime genre with his graphic novel My Friend Dahmer. This comic book style memoir details of
Dostoyevsky describes himself as, a realist in the highest sense because he has depicted the depths of the human soul. He is very much interested in abnormal and extreme characters and sensational situations, project through a torrent of impassioned dialogue. In this paper an attempt is made to understand the form of writing of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by focusing on the various techniques he used. Dostoyevsky’s high emphasis on the use of psychological realism will be highlighted, as the novel mainly focuses on the various psychological observations. Also, how he tried to manipulate the three areas of literature, Sociology and Psychology in order to become master in literature, will also be discussed.
Poe 's talent has profoundly influenced literature. With The Murder in the Rue Morgue and other stories, he was the first to write detective stories in America. Poe was called the father of science fiction. He combined the intensely psychological and the Gothic with the rational and Romantic to create horror in his short stories.