The grandmother describes an old mansion that 's located on a plantation and inside the mansion is a secret panel. And while it 's not really applied, one can assume that there is something so valuable or unique that it 's hidden in a secret panel. This sort of concept is seen in many southern gothic stories, but, we also see where the decay element occurs. In the story, “A Rose for Emily,” we learn of our main character, Emily 's mansion, with many words that represent decay, age, and death. This all plays a part in the tone of their own story or even in A Good Man is Hard to
The image of collapsing ruins neighboring a pristine home highlights the widespread deterioration happening across the city. We see this strategy once again when Solnit construes Detroit as “wildly outdated, but not very old” (Solnit 3). This sentence in and of itself is counterintuitive and yet again parallels the contradictions in the city that Solnit attempts to document. By stating that something is outdated, but not old, Solnit accentuates the unique, eclectic, and almost paradoxical elements of Detroit. Overall, the piece’s consistent use of antithetical phrases draws the reader attention and broaches questions about what really happened to
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds”, the decay of the domiciles of the Radleys and Miss Lottie contribute to the lore surrounding them, as the demeanor of each house is the most visible piece of their existence. Both characters inhabit ramshackle ruins of houses that have been a constant in the towns for as long as the townsfolk can remember; based off the exterior senescent, the townsfolk make unfounded inferences about the Radleys and Miss Lottie. As the Radleys live in a house that “had long ago darkened to the color of the slate-gray yard around it”, so Boo Radley must have deteriorated to a shadow of the person he used to be (Lee). Because the townsfolk can only see the exterior of the house, they use
One could get away from the urbanity, and the home was a sanctuary. But like the sign, this characteristic has weathered away. Petry writes that the sign has a “dark red stain like blood” (55). The metaphor, comparing the stain to blood, is used to give further insight to the occupants and the state of the residence. The metaphor suggests a violent mentality, and a dangerous living space.
“My image of the “ghost”, including everything conventional about its appearance as well as its blind submission to certain contingencies of time and place…”(Breton, 12). Considering this Breton is interested in the eternal echo of the past found in present time, in particular he explains how the past experiences reflect to who we become in present day. Paris has countless places that brings connection from the past to the present, Breton mentions how the “statue of Etienne Dolet on its plinth in the Place Maubert in Paris” fascinates him and makes him feel a sense of discomfort, as the statue represents a ghostly figure from the past which still remains in the same way Breton questions who does he haunt. With regards to the past and
This is since “displacing” is forcing something out of place, making it sound intentional, as if something was prepared for Fortunato’s arrival. Furthermore a little later it says “a still interior recess,” this further adds on to the mystery. It would seem that the recess is open, this seems strange saying that they are in a really old area, one that should have already been filled with bodies. These two suspicious details make it seem that something bad is about to happen to Fortunato. Finally the size of the crypt itself sheds an ominous and foreshadowing light upon the story.
In, “The Red room,” by H.G. Wells, we get a snapshot of a nameless narrator about to enter an ominous room, antagonized by three mysterious ghost-like characters. The prose here does not include the entire story, but even this small snippet shows Wells uses distinct literary techniques such as imagery to characterize the narrator, as well as the other characters. We are only introduced to a few characters, but in the short time we see them we get an ominous sense about them, even though there is no context given as to who they are or why they are there. The author/narrator states, “I put down my empty glass on the table and looked about the room, and caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness, in the queer old mirror at the end of the room.” This description that the narrator gives himself gives the reader not only a glimpse at the narrator physically, but how also he is feeling about being where he is.
Understandably, the things that were happening there were a little too much for them to take. While the new family that had moved in hasn’t found any signs of Sallie, Tony still received welts and scratches on his body even after moving into a new home. Paranormal investigators who were invited to investigate the house claim that apart from Sallie’s ghost, there was another negative spirit that was probably responsible for the violence inflicted, and not Sallie herself. The investigators have recorded and photographed the ghosts many times and also managed to communicate with them through electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and Ouija board. During one attack episode, the team managed to film scratches appearing on his stomach.
The words used to describe Bartleby in Melville’s story are more appropriately associated to an inanimate object. During the story, Bartleby is said to have entered a withdrawn state after the firm he originally worked for had moved and left him behind. As time passes, a new firm takes over. Bartleby begins to “haunt the building” as a ghost would (Melville 17). Discussions spark among the employees and tenants, gossiping about how Bartleby is disconnected from the world and acts like an inanimate object.
Jackson appeals to fans of the American gothic through her particular description of the house and how the characters interact with it in order to show the environments foil of an absolute reality. Shirley focuses a large part of the introduction of the house on describing its odd design and initial impressions. Dr. Montague describes the house as being on a “slight slant… that may be why the doors slam shut” and notes how “every angle is slightly wrong” (Jackson 77). This causes an uneasy feeling for the reader as they question the effect this will have on the characters throughout the novel. Also, Eleanor’s initial impressions of the house cause her to hesitate and question whether she has made the correct decision.