Forbidden Knowledge In H. P Lovecraft

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Introduction H.P Lovecraft was an American author of macabre fiction, in the early 20th century, and is widely known for his atmospheric short stories. Influenced from a young age by Gothic stories and his own Nightmares, Lovecraft went on to write thousands of correspondence letters, hundreds of poems and several short stories in his short lifespan of forty-six years. Writing in the early 20th century, in the dawn of a new era of literary language, Lovecraft purposely adopted a writing style heavily stylised with archaic words from old English, and concentrated on using sophisticated vocabulary to describe eerie scenes with dark atmospheres. It was only after his early death, that Lovecraft became recognised for his short stories characterised by themes of the unknown and forbidden knowledge, acting as the focal point of fear and interest of his characters. Looking at Lovecraft’s use of forbidden knowledge paired with the unknown becomes…show more content…
For example in The Shadow out of time , the protagonist shares his inner dilemna: “In this new doubt, all my faith in the myth-born unreality of my visions dissolved once more into the hellish older doubting. If that abyss was real, then (my visions) were no myths or nightmares, but a terrible, soul-shattering actuality.” Follow a series of questions beginning with “Had I…” in which he questions the reality of his experience “Had I once veritably talked with minds from reachless corners of time and space, learned the universe's secrets, past and to come, and written the annals of my own world for the metal cases of those titan archives? Had I (…)”. He concludes with “I do not know. If that abyss and what I held were real, there is no hope. Then, all too truly, there lies upon this world of man a mocking and incredible shadow out of time. But, mercifully, there is no proof that these things are other than fresh phases of my myth-born

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