by combining elements from the gothic and romantic periods, the author has masterfully created a monster figure, both supporting and contradicting the Romantic ideals. It also shows how throughout her whole novel, Shelley explores the identity and essence
These murders are only thought of and happen because of supernatural occurrences. Poe’s poems, since they are romantic, are always dark and revolve around death and torture. Poe’s writings are gothic and the plots of gothic literature are always about murder, funerals, and torture. “Above all was the sense of hearing acute. (The narrator) heard all things in the heaven and in the earth.
“All that glisters is not gold; often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold. But my outside behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold.” In Macbeth, the idea that everyone is capable of great deception is explored, which is the main theme of this play Macbeth appearance versus reality, in other words hypocrisy, and facade. Tension, mystery, dread and ambiguity infusses the drama. Using the theme appearance versus reality, this play digs deep into the darker side of humanity and the inner plotting and scheming of the human mind. Elements of supernatural, hallucinations brought on by guilt-driven madness, and statements the characters say portrays the theme of appearance versus reality.
In the book Phantom of the Opera, Erik is a man who has a lot of power; he would use his power to hurt and manipulate people. He was a man of trade and had the ability to manipulate people with his amazing skills as a lover of magic. Many people wondered how he had gotten to that point, but they soon realized when they noticed how ugly he was. His mother and father never loved him because of how unattractive he was. He looked like the face of death, from what many people called him, without a nose and scary, luminescent eyes that glowed in the dark.
What makes this novel a gothic novel is spooky Gothic features such as; imprisonment, dark stairways, stormy weather, nightmares, extreme conditions of landscapes, melancholy characters, moonlight and candles, torture and excessive cruelty, necrophilia, a supernatural presence like ghost, madness, maniacal behavior, communication between the living and the dead, gloomy atmosphere, troubled family line, and tyrannical fathers, incest relations. All the characters in this novel are driven by their lust, passion, desire and ambition from the very beginning to the very end of the novel. The tragic anti-hero of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, is completely an archetypal Gothic character. He is mysterious, dark and extremely dangerous. He is wholly dependent on revenge for recalled past wrongs and his passion is all-consuming.
Despite the fact that he does not appear as a human figure, he controls the thoughts and actions of the Puritan society, serving as the ultimate threat. The Devil influences the villagers of Salem, Massachusetts by using their ongoing fear of him to manipulate their thoughts and actions in a manner to set himself in the highest position by the end of the Act 1. As the Puritans lean toward blaming the Devil for their misgivings and suspicions, he gains control of their thoughts. Ruth and Betty pretend to fall ill after Reverend Parris catches them in the forest with Tituba and other girls, partaking in what is considered to be witchcraft: an act that defies the laws of femininity in the Puritan society. Mrs. Putnam does not buy her daughter Ruth’s act; rather, she sees it as “‘the Devil’s touch”’ which “‘is heavier than sick”’ (13).
Correspondingly, the play examines supportive subject matters, such as: the supernatural soliciting, which is the source for the chaos in the play, fate against free will, tyranny Macbeth imposes and gender issues related to social constructs of femininity and masculinity. Moreover, the play uses patterns and symbols to reinforce the major theme. For instance, connected with the supernatural: ghost visions and hallucinations, predictions; violence, blood and sleep are can be identified as a consequence of the influence of supernatural in Macbeth turning him into a tyrant; the chaos and destruction of the play can be described through the elements of the
Wuthering Heights comprises all the elements of a Gothic novel. However its characters are not as simple as the average Gothic protagonists. This particular novel deals with an amount of Gothic qualities, like dark settings and extreme landscapes, moonlights and candles, melancholy figures and imprisonment, torture and cruelty, supernatural element, madness, necrophilia as well as a communication between the living and the dead. Jibesh Bhattachayya states out clearly: “That Emily Bronte must have read some of these fictions of the Gothic type is evident from her creation of the mysterious Gondal world in her literary world in her literary attempts. Her passion for the esoteric and the sensational did not seem to have left when she wrote Wuthering Heights.
To a great extent, Edgar Allan Poe’s writing is for the most part is gothic, as portrayed in most of his work. What is gothic? It’s a type of style that represents dark, fear, horror, though in different ways. Such as there are many types of gothic styles, like gothic architecture, fashion, gothic literature,gothic music, people, and there used to be a gothic language. Gothic Literature is a style of writing that is characterized by components of fear, horror, gloom, and romantic features, such as nature, individuality, and very intense emotion, which can be, but are not limited to suspense and fear.
SAWYER, Yet again? Have I scarce breath enough to say my Prayers? And would you force me to spend that in bawling? Bear witness, I repent all former evil; There is no damned Conjurer like the Devil. (V.iii.41-51) Faustus as a magician gains power by selling his blood to the Devil but in return, he has to pay the penalty for his bargain in a horrible death by the end of the play.