Without the characterization of the house and focus on it, the horror aspect would be lacking. Having the house living it its own way alongside the other characters gives it the feeling that it has its own mind and can do whatever it pleases. While both the film and novel create these haunted houses, the characterization of them is alarmingly different. In Poltergeist, the house is just another cookie cutter suburban house. It was recently built, looks like every other house on the block, and at first glance has nothing scary about it.
The short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” uses all these devices to express the theme of gothic literature because of how dark and horrid it is. The different descriptions of the house and the nature around the house as well as the characters suggests this story is more of a gloomy sad
This quote makes it clear that the way the man has come into their house is very supernatural. Both of these quotes make it apparent that the man is not like everyone else. In conclusion, the story “Where is Here” fits in with American gothic literature. The story clearly has a bleak and gloomy setting. The story also has tortured characters which helps to fit the story into an American gothic story.
“The night was dark, with occasional gleams of moonlight between the rents of the heavy clouds that scudded across the sky (Stoker 283). The moonlight adds to the eerie feel that Gothic literature gives off. Stoker uses moonlight in many parts of the novel, yet it is never used by itself only, but always alongside other elements. Another element Stoker uses to create a Gothic atmosphere is darkness. “This startled me, but as the effect was only momentary, I took
The story, however, gave so many clues about the misfit making an appearance later on that it would be more of a surprise to have a reader not see it coming. Readers who know of Flannery O’Connor (or bothered to read the two paragraphs about her above the story) would already start to get suspicions on the content the story would contain. Ms. O’Connor was a young women that lived in pain due to her living with the horrible disease lupus. She was known for her short stories which were very dark and violent. Her stories were classified as “Sothern Gothic” stories, so someone reading A Good Man Is Hard To Find would already need to start to think that this story will probably be about a man who is not a good man.
INTRO Edgar Allan Poe is known to be one of the best gothic writers to this day, but his crippling obsession with death can be slightly overbearing. He uses various literary elements throughout his works, including blood imagery and symbolism, to properly display the common theme of death across his stories, but his most important one is his use of unreliable narrators. By using the unreliable narrator Poe can make readers question everything that is written on the pages. Two well known stories of his that use unreliable narrators are The Black Cat and The Tell Tale Heart. The story of The Black Cat begins with the narrator sitting in a prison cell telling the reader that he isn’t mad.
What's the password?" and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats, it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old maidenly preoccupation with self-protection…..” Though these two authors were amazing one is better. These two authors both have similarities and differences, but in my opinion one is better than the other. Ray Bradbury is the better out of the two in my opinion. The way he writes his stories with more of a post apocalyptic setting makes it more interesting.
Gothic stories are able to give readers insidious images to a readers mind through its vast setting. A Gothic story setting is often grim with descriptions of grand medieval structures, such as castles and cathedrals, along with powerful illustrations of supernatural events. Two authors that were influenced by Gothic elements are Edgar Allan Poe, and Joyce Carol Oates. Poe has written an assortment of gloomy ominous stories, one of these stories is “The Fall of The House of Usher.” Here we follow a narrator who is invited over to a ghastly, crumbling mansion to comfort his old companion, who is slowly losing his sanity, with the separation between him and his twin sister. Oates, who is a modern writer, engendered the story “Where is Here?” Here we find a quiet and seemingly generic family visited by an edgy and eerie man for an elongated period of time.
Gothic is set as the mood and tone of this story. The gothic elements are the haunted house, the dull landscape, and the mysterious illness. The mood and the tone have some difference in this story. The mood that a reader can see it as is mysterious. The tone is how the writer feels towards what he is writing, in the story we see the changes in the tone.
Diction is the word choice used in a work of literature. The diction that Edgar Allan Poe uses in The Fall of the House of Usher uses in this has a dark mood, that adds to to theme of the story by showing that the house is sinister and depressing, which is affirmed throughout the work. Since Poe uses such dark vocabulary, the reader can tell that this is going to be a gloomy (gothic) poem. For