Also, he compares the roots as “old bait”, which shows that the roots become fragmental in addition to their displeasing smell. By incorporating the description of this foul smell, the readers can have a more general and detailed impression of the environment by adding a new sensation to this poem. Furthermore, the poet shows the disgusting environment of the cellar by describing the decomposed parts of the plants. For example, “pulpy stems” and “leaf-mold” of the plants pile up on the floor. His description successfully gives the readers an imagination that the environment for the plants is hopeless, deadly and tragic, which is too hard for them to
Death, darkness, and looming demise. Most Gothic literature begin in a gloomy, decaying setting, associated with the grim image of death, to create distress and anticipation as booklovers inadvertently fall into the poisonous traps woven with cautiousness by the authors. Traditional literature, like Charles Dickens’ ‘Signalman’, does this by beginning with well-produced portrayal, elaborate language use and supernatural indication. In comparison, contemporary literature, like Roald Dahl’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, utilises familiar setting and a range of characters with different personalities. Both genres build inexplicable anxiety within readers as the plot of individual story progresses as they use a variety of description and literary devices.
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.
“I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously --cautiously (for the hinges creaked)”(Poe). A grand amount of imagery is used in the quote to show the darkness of the story. Hinges creaking create a picture of an old, spooky house, therefore eluding to a darkened
Gothic Elements in the “The Tell Tale Heart” The classic short story of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, written by one of the all time masters of horror, Edgar Allen Poe, has always been used as an excellent example of Gothic fiction. Edgar Allen Poe specialized in the art of gothic writing and wrote many stories that portrayed disturbing events and delved deeply into the minds of its characters. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe revolves the plot around a raving individual who, insisting that he is sane, murders an old man because of his` “vulture eye”. The three main gothic elements that are evident in this story are the unique setting, the theme of death and decay, and the presence of madness. Unlike many other works of gothic fiction, this story does not take place in your typical abandoned monastery, haunted house or ominous castle.
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.
How does Poe use diction, imagery details, and figurative language to set a vivid setting in The Fall of the House of Usher? The first impressions given by the narrator give the story a bleak outlook for the ending of the story by the way Poe describes his surroundings and the house of Usher. As the narrator rides up to his old friend Usher’s house, he uses dark detailing on the surrounding area with darker words that help provide a sense of insecurity within the narrator as he wonders why he is so afraid of the house of Usher. Words like “dull” and “oppressive” along with phrases like “soundless day in the autumn of year,...” (Poe, line 1) help prevail the darkness lingering outside the house of Usher as if all the evils of the world would be spent on one final blow on the Usher family. As the story progresses however, both Usher and the narrator end up going crazy as the gloomy weather and the reawakening of Usher’s twin sister both contribute to the evils destroying the Usher family.
Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” tells the story of a self-regulating house that is all that is left of the world. Through the use of diction, the reader is able to understand the shifts in tone throughout the story. In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to the house. Bradbury uses terms such as “ruined city,” “radioactive glow,” and “rubble and ashes,” (Bradbury 1) effectively creating a dark and forlorn atmosphere. The author’s word choice creates an image in the reader’s mind of how desolate the house’s surroundings are, ultimately contributing to the somber tone.
The Tell-Tale heart is a story about a killing. It is creepy story that will leave you thinking. In the Tell-Tale heart, Edgar Allen Poe uses dark details, figurative language, and connotative diction to create a horrifying mood. Poe’s use of dark details create a horrifying mood. One example is, “I moved slowly-very, very slowly so that I might not disturb the old man’s sleep.”(Poe 175) This shows detail because when he describes how the narrator moves he uses details to get the point clear.
This affected his composition and actually, the English Gothic novel began with his 'Gothic story '; 'The Castle of Otranto '. Fundamentally, a Gothic novel is said to incorporate sorcery, riddle, heavenly, uncanny and tension. The interpretation of a Gothic novel contrasts from reader to reader. A Gothic work is to have a unquestionable mixing of remote setting, destroyed strongholds, dilapidated houses, mazes, cells, dull halls, cellar, moonlight, candles, winding stairs, fierce interests, inbreeding, odd fixation, and condemnations. This sort makes sentiments of agony, riddle, dread, tension since their point is to investigate humankind 's dull side and question humanity about what is great and underhandedness, address what part the powerful shows, and experience dread or fear.