The circumstances they are in—governed by the setting—are the reason why the subsequent sequence of events occur. Because they are set in these desolate and isolated places is the only things that allows these kinds of stories to be probable and therefore the reader more readily accepts what is written. Clearly, there is no questions that the haunted house and the haunted castle have a significant presence in the story, in fact they can be called characters in themselves with their own distinct personalities. In The Castle of Otranto we see a castle that is slowly crumbling from the inside and which is tied to the lineage and it also shows the state of it. In Wuthering Heights, the house is haunted by its residents but tis residents are also haunted by the house and if it were not for the struggle of those within the house, the story would not have occurred.
In the cases of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Poltergeist directed by Tobe Hooper that is far from the truth. As both of these stories revolve around haunted houses, the setting can be described as the antagonist in the stories. the setting is crucial to both the plot and character development throughout The Haunting of Hill House and Poltergeist. The setting in both Poltergeist and The Haunting of Hill House, the house itself is its own character. Without the characterization of the house and focus on it, the horror aspect would be lacking.
In London, all over the country. Something has happened to the birds. Come listen; they’re repeating it.” With the birds committing such random vicious attacks, being in a large environment gives us the reader the idea that there are many places to go and hide and that brings the feeling of safety which contradicts what the authors are trying to express. With the area being so big it causes the novella to be less scary and gives people reading a sense of hope. Secondly, the mood in the written version was pretty scary and frightening.
The novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” written by Shirley Jackson, closely follows the traditional tropes of an American Gothic. The main character of the novel, Eleanor, begins her journey to self growth after accepting an offer to live in a suspected haunted house for the summer. Moreover, Eleanor meets three other people that have an important effect on her development as a person. These characters slowly begin to question their own sanity due to the house’s destructive nature. Jackson appeals to fans of the American gothic through her particular description of the house and how the characters interact with it in order to show the environments foil of an absolute reality.
He also uses setting to create an erie environment to develop the themes of the story. Lastly, Lovecraft creates a theme of the terror that occurs throughout the whole town of Dunwich. H.P. Lovecraft in “The Dunwich Horror” depicts the way insanity takes over one 's mind for not conquering your greatest fears. The Dunwich Horror is about an unusual village where the Whateley family lives.
All the articles on Google only point towards the scariness of the Hill House and not the beauty. The people who came to stay at the Hill House only experienced the dark side of it and because of that they did not look on the attractiveness of it. The walls, the rooms, the corridor, the nursery everything was neglected only because of the irk of the place RESEARCH OBJECTIVE No horror novel is complete without a haunted house and the lore that comes with it. ‘The Haunting of the Hill House’ is no exception. My main objective of this research is to find the secrets and the beauty that comes with big house which is only popular because of its scary image.
In the first scene, the narrator comes to the house for the first time after years and he feels immediately insufferable. The representation of the setting, including the antique building and the depressing landscape is a foreshadowing sign for the spooky things that are going to happen inside the house (Walker 586). Already the first description of the house with attributes as “bleak” or “vacant eye-like” (Poe 3) and that it stands in the “shades of the evening” points to its desolateness and obscurity which is a frequent factor concerning the setting in the Gothic (Steven 54). According to David Stevens it is common in Gothic works that “the setting itself appears to be the main character and gives the novel a title” (Steven 55) as it is the case in The Fall of the House of Usher and the house serves as an indicator for a Gothic
Having no neighbors and living in a big castle can cause fear in visitors because they could get lost. On the way to the castle, Jonathan gets attacked by wolves. According to Stoker, “ There were dark, rolling clouds overhead, and in the air the heavy, oppressive sense of thunder,” (Stoker 10) The atmosphere creates suspense for the reader because Jonathan is going to Dracula's house by himself and not aware of what can happen to him when he gets there. According to Stoker, “...but shivered and sweated as though after a runaway from sudden fright,” (Stoker 13). When Jonathan sees the wolves he gets frightens, the wolves are scary because Dracula, by Bram Stoker, has an atmosphere of fear.
This displayed him as brave and persistent. "I can assure you," said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." In the line above the young man states that he is not afraid of ghosts. This foreshadows that he is somewhere ghosts have been known to appear. In the novel when the wise elders told him not to go up the stairs he insisted.
In comparison to AHS Hotel, the hotel used in Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining” has many similar elements to Hotel Cortez which are all included in its elements of the haunted house figure in this novel/film. The Overlook hotel is the main location setting throughout this novel/film which too also has a dark past which emerges as the story progresses. Having a history with numerous deaths and curious occurrences, the Overlook Hotel assumes a part of a haunted house in the Gothic novel/film The Shining. Its various rooms, entryways and entries all set the atmosphere for this novel/film. Figure : The Overlook in Stanley Kubrick 's The