The prospect of raising the dead would disgust the typical reader, causing terror and disbelief, Shelley takes full advantage of this to enhance the strange feelings that Frankenstein generates in its readers. This can be seen through settings like the morgue, many of the skin crawl provoking settings gain their eeriness through vivid imagery, such as when “It was a dreary night of November” (42). At this point Shelley’s use of rain and darkness create a suspenseful atmosphere. imagery throughout the book is extremely Gothic, such as the grotesque description of the monster’s features, the eerie environment of Victor’s laboratory in the middle of the night, and the undead quality. The monster’s features are a paradox, him being both beautiful yet repulsive.
The author writes so many suspenseful and thrilling parts, it makes you ponder, “ What will happen?”. From the evidence of the text, I have came to the conclusion that I predict that Elizabeth might die, Frankenstein’s health will continue to decline, and Frankenstein’s monster will go on a mission to kill beloved characters. In the introduction to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the audience learns that the author’s intentions for her story are to give the readers quite a scare. Mary Shelley was challenged to writing a ghost story and describes her story as, “ one which would speak to the mysterious faces of our nature and awaken thrilling horrors”. From this I predict that Frankenstein’s monster will kill because the author says she wants to create thrill.
Death, darkness, and looming demise. Most Gothic literature begin in a gloomy, decaying setting, associated with the grim image of death, to create distress and anticipation as booklovers inadvertently fall into the poisonous traps woven with cautiousness by the authors. Traditional literature, like Charles Dickens’ ‘Signalman’, does this by beginning with well-produced portrayal, elaborate language use and supernatural indication. In comparison, contemporary literature, like Roald Dahl’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, utilises familiar setting and a range of characters with different personalities. Both genres build inexplicable anxiety within readers as the plot of individual story progresses as they use a variety of description and literary devices.
Gothic literature is created by using fear, darkness, and negative emotions to consume the readers, as well as bleak or ominous settings. In comparison, the two environments are similar with a darkness that overpowers the main characters at some point. However, the characters are introduced with their dark environments under different circumstances. In the excerpt from “The Castle of Otranto”, Isabella is desperately attempting to escape from the king running through a castle’s underground portion in search for her sanctuary. She is filled with anxiety, fear, despair, and at the last moment “...she approached the door that had been open; but a gust of wind that met her at the door extinguished her lamp, and left her in total darkness”(Walpole 589).
This proves that the political context of King James the First plays a huge role in the drama of the play In Macbeth, there are many supernatural elements that all contribute to a psychological thriller. This is explored largely through the way in which Shakespeare reverses gender roles, when Lady Macbeth’s obsession with masculinity leads her into crying out to become a man. This is then proven through sexual imagery “Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full direst cruelty” This quote is full of horrific intent as Lady Macbeth calls upon evil spirit’s to take away her femininity so that she will be able to become more cruel and violent and not have to seek
In Mary Shelley's literary masterpiece, Frankenstein, the titular character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein experiences dreadful nightmares which were brought upon by his repressed guilt and fear of the monster he had created. In this excerpt, Shelley expertly uses strong, dark diction and the symbol of "the fiend" to create an apprehensive tone throughout the passage. As aforementioned, the tone is created through the use of strong diction; Shelley utilizes dark, fear inducing words such as "misery," "possessed," "nightmare," and "disastrous" to give the passage an almost anxious mood. Dr. Frankenstein is shown to be far from unperturbed through the symbol of the fiend, which stands for the guilt he undergoes after creating the monster. He can feel
In spite of the fact that the narrator loves the old man, he kills him because he afraid of his blue “evil eye”. Similarly, the protagonist in “A Rose for Emily” is Emily Grierson. The house that she lives in drives her mind to inhabit it in dusty and dark. Miss Emily is a mysterious character. The impression that Miss Emily gives us about her is that she is a “necrophiliac”.
Gothic Literature is commonly recognized by it’s morose and macabre setting. To qualify as Gothic literature it is necessary for the story to place an emphasis on mystery, to intensify the sense of anxiety and terror. Setting is as important in modern gothic fiction; such as Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where is Here?”, as it is in traditional gothic literature like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Generally, most victorian stories take place in a large, barren, ancestral house. It is also alluded that these buildings have secrets and unknown tragic backstories that still plague the house. The use of a gruesome setting implies what is going to occur later in the story.
The symbols within the stories of these great writers revealed the impending darkness and gloom that characterized Dark Romanticism. The symbols from “The Fall of the House of Usher," written by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Young Goodman Brown,” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, sought to use Dark Romanticism to illuminate the mixture of good and evil in human nature. Dark Romanticism is a form of writing that consists of human nature, sins, death, and an abundance of evil to create fearful images that toy with the emotions of its readers. Edgar Allan Poe, a professional at creating such stories, used symbols within his stories to further his Gothic Romantic theme. In the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe wrote, “I know not how it was – but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.
Before she can get it though, Roderick dies of fear. The end of Roderick’s life is described as, “... in her violent and how final death-agonies bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated” (Poe 430). Throughout the story, Roderick anticipated that his sister’s spirit would try to attack him because he had always heard her voice