The occult belongs to Gothic literature. It began with a novel from Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto. The Gothic literature is a mixture between horror, full of terror story and romance. The Gothic novel tries to awake fear and terror upon the reader through supernatural and inexplicable events. The prevalent atmosphere is a doom and gloomy one, in order for incomprehensible situations to take place.
Unsurprisingly, vampires, werewolves, monsters, demons, femmes fatales, or the Devil himself, inter alia, portray the main characters within the Gothic story, causing inexplicable events. Especially ghosts are traditionally believed to depict the spirit of deceased persons, haunting places as well as characters and contributing to the creation of the terrifying and suspenseful ambiance. Apart from supernatural beings, tyrants, villains, persecuted maidens, mad women and maniacs are represented as main characters of the novels. Thus, as Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy reinforce, “Gothic novels could be easily identified by their incorporation of dominant tropes such as imperilled heroines, dastardly villains, ineffectual heroes, supernatural events,
But the Desire to be terrified is as much part of Human Nature as the need to Laugh (“The Gothic Novel” Brendan Hennessy Pg 324). The Genre of Gothic Literature has Three Connotations: Barbarous, Medieval, and Supernatural. (“The Gothic Novel” Brendan Hennessy Pg 324). There are many Gothic Literature Authors and Novels. But Is “Frankenstein” a prime example of the Gothic Literature Genre?
It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety. It deals with themes like adultery, kidnapping, seduction, insanity and death . Sensation novel examine the implicit fears and anxieties in a radically changing world. It is regarded as a reaction
An analysis of their short stories "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Outsider" and "The Rats in the Walls" shows the monstrous elements which are inherent in both writers' works, although, the focus on particular subjects differs from one another's. Therefore, despite the multiple common features of Poe's and Lovecraft's works, their stories consist of characteristic for the authors fears and obsessions which they use to enhance the monstorus. Evidence for this tendency can be sought in the recurrent themes of the pieces. In Poe's story the main role plays death, whereas Lovecraft reveals his dread of otherness and hereditary evil. 1.
This article intends to study Carter’s attempt in revising the gender role and applying a different approach to the Gothic genre in The Bloody Chamber. Though a retelling of the fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber is branded as a Female Gothic text because of the dark motives and Gothic elements present in the book in association with the female sexuality. Like a conventional Gothic story, the setting of The Bloody Chamber is in a remote castle which symbolizes doom from the beginning of its description in the story. The castle is described
And many of them appear also in "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Some of the plenty gothic elements are: the evil, the secret places, the scary atmosphere. The protagonist is good at first, but transforms in a bad person; handsome at first but he transforms in an ugly person at the end because of his character and the portrait, represents his inner soul. The portrait, the main symbol of the novel, carries all the marks of Gray 's degeneration, who is exploring all possible vices and desires, without to notice his moral decay. And all these marks show on the canvas, become a sort of conscience for Dorian.
“The Witch” is what mostly stands out as evil spirits in this verse, as well as the actions taken against her. The effect of specific detail also takes place with, “he wrenched himself” and “so swiftly”. Such exemplification further shows Gogol’s imagination, so revealing yet, includes the sense of the time frame of this novel. Another example, What is there to be afraid of?” he thought to himself. “She will not rise from her bier, since she fears God’s word.
Gothic literature is surrounded by suspenseful elements that go together to create a sense of anxiety, which is exactly what Poe and Faulkner did with their stories. In “A rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the story is based off the events that surrounds Emily Grierson and her strange life, which bounces from the time of her death to different time events in her life to create a wicked plot line. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe is even more eery in the way the story is created. The story line follows the sole remaining members of the Usher family that have already-existing weird qualities such as the fact that both have strange diseases (Roderick suffers Acuteness of the senses and Madeline suffers from Catalepsy) that
This style of architecture was, back then, called the “Modern Style”, and it was a revolutionary influence for all castles, churches and palaces in Europe. It originally became known in France from the 1150s, and spread in a fast way across the whole of Europe; as with many art historical terms, “Gothic” came to be applied to a certain architectural style. This form of architecture developed because of common architectural problems in medieval times, back in the 1100s-1200s, building skills were very limited. Stone castles and cathedrals were basically dark, and cold, several castles adopted some of the features of gothic architecture. They became transformed from dank living environments into majestic, light and pleasant houses, mainly in Britain and France, offering architects a chance to work out with more complex and daring designs.