London’s ability to incorporate the literary devices of setting, total omniscience point of view, symbolism, and foreshadowing is what helps to create the dark and ominous tone of the
While reading William Faulkner's, "A Rose For Emily", and Emily Jackson's, "The Lottery", you notice indistinguishable patterns between the two stories. Faulkner and Jackson both write their stories -withholding vital information- that ultimately lead up to an atrocious and puzzling conclusion. Their stories have the same objective, which is to create a mysterious, tense setting and then surprise you with a shocking and thrilling ending. They use both foreshadowing and other literary elements to cause suspicious feelings and create tense moments that keep you guessing at what the big shock is going to be. However, their methods of withholding information differ and they have their own unique ways of using literary elements to create a grisly outcome.
I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet uncertain degrees, the wild influence of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions." So we are left hanging with the question, does he lives only to tell the tale? Moving on to the characteristic of genre, „The Fall of the House of Usher” can be considered as a gothic or horror fiction. The metonymy of gloom and horror, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, high, even overwrought emotion are also part of characteristics of the story.
The author Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809, he is a well-known and spoken author, known for the portrayal of gothic and morbid writing techniques. Understanding the world view and living conditions Edgar Allan Poe experiences while writing the Cask of Amontillado, helps with the readers appreciation and understanding of the writing. According to, Biography.com, Poe had a hard life of trials but found joy in his writings also making most of his stories about personal life situations and hardships. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Cask of Amontillado,” portrays foreshadowing through irony, Montresor leading Fortunato to the catacombs, and the trowel that Montresor kept in his coat. The first literary technique that Poe utilizes in, “A Cask of Amontillado” to portray foreshadowing is irony.
Symbolism in literature is using an object to portray a different, deeper meaning in a story. Symbols represent ideas or qualities that the author has schemed into their story that has meaning. It is up to the reader to interpret the meaning of the symbols and their significance to the story. William Faulkner wrote, “A Rose for Emily,” which was published April 30, 1930. He used a great deal of symbolism in this story.
Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” contains a profound collection of information which causes the end of the selection to be exceptionally more shocking. Bierce alludes to Peyton Farquhar’s demise while still describing his adventurous escape from death. Through the use of a variety of literary techniques including imagery, preternatural plot elements, allusion, and more, Bierce foreshadows the damagingly shocking end of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. Bierce’s use of imagery throughout the short story contrives a sense of eeriness from his readers. A common occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is Bierce’s manipulation of time.
William Faulkner’s novel, The Sound and the Fury, represents an experiment in writing, as was said by the writer himself. It depicts the tragedy of the Compson family, and in the broader view, the fall of the Old South, in a very unusual way. The novel is an experiment in regards to the very specific use of the narrative technique, and the results obtained from it. The whole book echoes various forms of absence which account for the ever-present chaos, and disorder that render the book so hard to understand. Absence in some cases stands for the state of being away, or in other cases the non-existence or the lack of something.
Understanding both Poe and Wilde’s narrative styles is extremely important in fully understanding the texts and the authors behind those texts, for example on one hand Poe throws the reader into an already finished story in ‘William Wilson’, while in The Picture of Dorian and Gray Wilde’s use of aestheticism is undeniable. However unusually for Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is also Gothic, this interesting departure from Wilde’s usual aesthetic style has been the subject of much debate and discussion among scholars, nonetheless for Sucur in The Picture of Dorian and Gray “the Gothic is dealt with from an aesthetic perspective”, (Sucur 2007, n.p.) yet the question still remains why would Wilde chose to depart from his successful formula of
Having drawn us into Montresor's paranoia with his very first sentence, Poe will not let us escape. Like poor Fortunato, we too are walled up in a suffocating structure from which only death -- or the end of the story -- can release us. Until that moment we are imprisoned in a logic that is entirely sound, but for the fact that it's erected on a false premise(Mcgrath). Poe is a person who you probably do not want to mess with because it seems as if he has the ability to ruin you. You the reader will make a very good decision by not making poe mad and not being rude or criticising him
In the excerpt “from The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allen Poe creates the disturbed character of an unnamed narrator through indirect characterization. Using the components of the character’s actions, thoughts, and dialogue, Poe illustrates a story about being truthful and reveals that even when you do not tell the truth, the truth will appear with or without notice. The narrator of the story is revealed at the end of the piece to be someone different than portrayed in the beginning on the story. Starting off the story, Poe writes that the character has killed an old man for one simple “flaw” that the narrator did not like. Although no physical description of the mysterious narrator is given, it is easy to get a good read on the true colors
A Lesson Before Dying is a story about a young black man, named Jefferson, and a black school teacher, named Grant Wiggins, in Louisiana shortly after World War II. The young man was scheduled to be executed via electric chair for a crime he did not commit, thus making his only incorrect action being standing at the wrong place at the wrong time. The white jury that was a part of his trial did not recognize this because one of the outcomes of the incident was the death of a white man, and this time period was riddled with racial problems. Jefferson’s godmother, Miss Emma, wanted Grant to try to make Jefferson mentally strong before he was put to death, and after lots of doubt and conflict from certain characters in the novel, Grant , along
William Faulkner explores the power of the individual and the grasp of fear. He accomplishes this by giving a extreme but personal example, an atomic bomb hitting oxford . Also he uses historic situations of tyrants throughout history who used the public's’ fear to control them and have them do appalling things. He generalized and said they wanted they wanted to rid everyone of their individuality for the sacrifice of the mass.