This story is considered as Gothic. Gothic literature includes elements that include Horror and Humanity. The high level of literary horror in ‘A Rose for Emily’ is so monstrous it is magnificent, presenting a purity of unreasonableness that no reader can resist. Miss Emily is a mysterious monument of the town of Jefferson: a mystifying remainder of a bygone family and a bygone era. An unnamed narrator describes the strange circumstances of Emily’s life and her strange relationships with her father, her lover, and the horrible mystery
This creates a sense of entrapment and claustrophobia. This would create fear in the reader, and a sense of death causing the Gothic element cemetery to arise ” Cask Of Amontillado”. Another way cemetery is described is the actual resting place of a living organism. The other version of cemetery can be seen in “The Black Cat” during this scene a poor attempt to kill a cat ends up in a dead spouse. Not knowing what to do with the cat, the husband
Setting is the key element in Gothic Literature. It displays the different places and architectures that are essentials to visualize Gothic. The setting is highly significant in a Gothic novel because it helps to add horror and fear to its mood and dreadful weakness to its characters. As said by Snodgrass, the settings of Gothic literary works present an extensional symbolic psychological case to its human characters (158).Gothic fictions are usually set in isolated landscapes or highly secured prisons, secret passages or corridors, old castles or ghostly houses, and graveyards. According to Hogle, Gothic areas might be "a castle, a foreign place, an abbey, a vast prison, a subterranean crypt, a graveyard, a primeval frontier, or island, a large old house or theatre.
This thing was also underlined by the fact that he had a difficult life, the writer was a rebellious child and he had an unstable nature. In his poems he certainly took inspiration from Gothic literature, in particular he didn’t obtain from Gothic tendency the typical Gothic setting for example castles or spectacular settings, but the key words mysteries, horrid and distressing, the main themes of his poems. The main theme of his writing was always death until extreme consequences like the story Bernice, who had entered into a cataclysm after having had an epileptic attack, she had been buried alive, and later, as the protagonist had hoped for in his fantasies, he had taken the teeth off. This story had a dramatic final like the other stories in the book Tales of Mystery and imagination, who had the same tragically ending and are characterized by mystery, imagination and madness of the main characters. Bernice, the main character of this story, married his cousin Egaeus, who
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. In this case we have a creepy house, dark atmosphere and awful weather and also a tomb.
Faulkner´s story “A Rose for Emily” is more or less a classic Southern Gothic tale. He developed the major idea of death or if you want a murder, in a really gripping and astonishing story with an unexpected end. Faulkner used the Modernist narrative techniques as shifts in time and flashbacks. He generally described Emily´s life but he gave a reader an incomplete picture of her life. The reader have to read between the lines if he wants to know why did she stay alone, why did not she like any changes or why did she kill her sweetheart.
These strategies were different types of irony, verbal, dramatic, and situational, also how Montresor leads Fortunato to the catacombs. Finally, the trowel hidden in Montresor’s coat foreshadows Fortunato’s death to come in the catacombs. All of these literary techniques show that Montresor has well thought this gothic story and murder he commits at the end of the short story. Overall, fiving the reader a sense of dark, sinister literature, that is eye opening to what really partakes in the
The focus is on the elements of gothic and how their abundance in this work successfully enables the author to criticize all aspects of the Victorian era and depart form the established Victorian values. Structurally, in the paper, the novel Wuthering Heights will be presented as a gothic novel in the Victorian era and explored how it is an example of the Female Gothic genre. Various elements of gothic throughout the novel, mainly through themes of duality, oppositeness of heaven and hell, dreams and reality and occurrences of ghosts will be explored and
Along with the start of the Gothic period in the 1760s, came many stories and poems inspired by this theme. This includes “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelly, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robbert Louis Stevenson, and “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. These stories and poem come to mind as representations of gothic literature as they are all monumental breakthroughs during its time. This is shown in the darker tones and theme that is used in each story and poem. They all shared common elements such as gloomy settings, intense emotions, and somehow always involving sadness or death.
The atmosphere of mystery is presented throughout the novel, because all the character could be the murderer or an accomplice. At the end of the story, the narrator is in the town and tries to resolve the mystery of the Santiago Nasar’s murder, but the narrator does not get something more than Santiago Nasar is death. It could seem an imaginary novel, in fact, it is. Chronicle of a death foretold is one of the most relevant work of magical realism. All works included in this literary movement mix real events with fantastic elements.