Gothic and gothic revival styles of architecture began as revolutionary movements from their respective predecessors. Gothic is a style of architecture which gained popularity for its tall structure with pointed arches which points into the sky above. It emerged somewhere between 12th and 16th century, as an after effect or better says an evolution of the Romanesque style (Figure.01).
Introduction Romanesque architecture started around 1000 to 1200 AD around the middle ages, extending from the decline of the Roman Empire until the begging of gothic architecture. It is one of the most influenced styles of architecture but also one of the most hard to characterize. Unlike other styles it developed independently in diverse locations such as Italy, Spain, England and France. Its characteristics come from the ancient roman architecture that developed into bigger prettier and more complex constructions. However, there are different views in where it spread first as well as where it got more influence from.
The term Gothic was originally used as an architectural term and it refers to medieval buildings, such as castles and cathedral. Its an style of writing that is characterized by elements of fear, horror, death and gloom. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the house of Usher” is an good example of Gothic Literature because it has a gloomy mood. “ The storm had been a welcome diversion.
One of the way the Chartres Cathedral employs Gothic architectural was stained glass windows. Stained glass windows allowed various spectrum of light to pass through. In medieval times, “light was a symbol of Jesus” (Fiero 158). The stained-glass windows in Chartres Cathedral is a mosaic of many religious images. “The windows center on the image of the enthroned Christ, surrounded by the evangelist, censing angels, and the elders of the Apocalypse” (Fiero 158). The stained-glass windows images depicted biblical stories.
Gothic literature is a popular literary genre that combines the elements of horror, mystery, and drama. These types of stories have a darker tone than most stories, making you want to turn all the lights on in your bedroom and curl up under the covers. But sometimes, the authors of these types of stories took things a little too far. Those authors make their stories feel like they aren’t actually happening. There are Gothic stories that make you feel safe with the lights off, but there are others that make you wish that daylight never ended.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a worthy example of Gothic Literature because the house is falling apart and is in the middle of nowhere. The quotes “the crumbling condition of the individual stones. ”(16) and “I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country.
“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.
Comparing Gothic Literature Setting is not equally important in modern Gothic story. In “Fall of the House of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe, Poe adheres to the traditional settings of Gothic literature. However, in “Where is Here?” by Joyce Carol Oates , Oates doesn’t follow after most Gothic writers and uses a different setting than in most Gothic literature.
Gothic Literature is a type of literature that makes the reader question reality. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a good of gothic literature because it is placed in an old spooky house. For example, in the story the house has “eyelike windows”(14). This proves that the house is a part of gothic literature because it has a spooky theme to the house.
The room I chose at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum follows a Gothic theme. Its objects such as paintings, tapestries, altar pieces, and various furniture showcase this theme with period works from the fourteenth century and later revival styles from the nineteenth century. While the majority of the furniture is
Within the pantheon almost all lines draw the viewers eyes to the Oculus. Another key element of the pantheon aside from the Oculus are the coffers, in addition to providing weight reduction within the dome the concentric rings created by the coffers radiate out from the Oculus carrying the ring down to meet the wall mimicking the Oculus (see fig. 1). Also present within the coffers are vertical line that converge at the Oculus. Both elements that bring attention to the focal point of the building. This trend continues onto the walls where the rectangular window like recesses in the walls are adorned with a pediment pointing upwards, likewise on the floor where rounded pillars are again capped with a pediment.
Gothic literature is a style of literature that takes place in the past, most of the time it has someone who dies and it has a creepy vibe/tone behind it . Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” is a good example of Gothic literature because it shows how a man goes to visit an old friend and see how his friend and his friends twin sister die. “The whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day. ”(13)