In the early 18th century a new genre of fiction prose, named "Gothic Novel" was introduced. The term ”Gothic” used to refer to the German tribe of the Goths. The Gothic novel spread over the 19th century and had the popular theme of haunted places such as castles, crypts, gloomy monasteries; supernatural elements having the role to intensify the atmosphere. The characteristic motifs of the gothic genre were the strange places, the supernatural, magic objects, monsters, demons, science used for bad purposes. And many of them appear also in "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
In any novel, mystery and suspense is a popular characteristic, but contributes very well to what secures a gothic theme to a novel. Here, mystery and suspense are built throughout the novel based on the predicament of the characters. Initially, mystery is built very early on in the story, where the reader is interested to know who the
Kurt Vonnegut has used his talent of writing to illustrate warnings of our society and point out intrusive messages that made him one of the most influential writers in American literature. With his gift of satirical humor combined with animated imagery he explores and pokes fun of complex issues such as war and religion from using his books as well as inviting the reader to alternative worlds that holds made-up deities and religion that invokes questions of reflections to conceive the world around us. Kurt Vonnegut was born in 11 November 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was born into a considerably wealthy family. His good life ended, however, when the Great Depression hit the economy leading to his parents’ downfall with alcoholism
Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for the gothic themes he presents in his writings, this was no exception for Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. Several important ideas are brought up about the story’s central theme of revenge. These ideas can be broken down into 3 parts: the incentive, the extent, and the reaction of the person partaking in revenge. It is essential to consider these ideas while reading Poe’s story, in order to comprehend his views on revenge. It also provides the reader the ability to question their own views on revenge as well as compare it with Poe’s.
Carter’s choice of the tale derives from both ideological and aesthetic concerns. It is a way of reconnecting with the margins and challenging grand narratives, Folktales represent: “So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labour created our world.” “Having affinities with pornography and dream, a vehicle for the surfacing unconscious, the tale is, for Carter, a form in which she can also explore most fully her interest in the Gothic.” that encoded the dark and mysterious elements of the psyche (Makinen, 4) Angela Carter herself says about the undermining effects of rewriting: “I am all for putting new wine into old bottles, especially if the pressure of the new wine makes the old bottles explode” (qtd in Makinen
Introduction The following piece of writing will explore factors of a gothic novel. It will exclusively do so in regards of the two novels Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein. These very famous novels will be looked at in a very in depth piece of writing. Each novels main themes and their background will be presented.
Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for the gothic themes he presents in his writings, this was no exception for Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. A straight-forward story that focuses on the theme of revenge. Poe brings up some important ideas about revenge which can be broken down into 3 parts: the incentive for getting revenge, the extent one is willing to go for revenge, and the reaction of the person after the act. This reasoning is essential in recognizing the act of revenge while reading the story. It provides the reader the ability to question their view on revenge as well as compare it to Poe’s ideas.
I enjoy analyzing these techniques, and also think this topic is worthy of study. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 2, 1849) is an author in the
In the narrative, Mary Shelley carefully introduces various aspects of the tradition of Romantic literature and thus, the novel can also be understood as a mirror to the society of that era. Few of the Romantic thoughts evident in Frankenstein are, the idea of individualism, yearning for a utopic state, nostalgic remembrance, the symbolic use of nature and most evidently, the presence of gothic elements that showcase intense emotions and horror. Furthermore, Shelley uses the voice of three different narrators-Walton, Victor and The Monster, to engage the audience and make them understand all the three viewpoints. Through the epistolary and framed narrative, she also continues to establish new themes as the novel proceeds. The skilful use of literary devices such as allusions, monologues, imagery and metaphors helps to dramatize the text and create an impact on the readers’ mind.
Created in the midst of neoclassicism, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving is an American classic, and a common tale to tell around the campfire. In a time of reconnection with the roots of Greek and Roman schools, this gothic tale was created and holds up to other more free form stories that of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. How, you may ask, is this possible? How can a time of critical thinking and harsh minds swell under the creepy campfire story that is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The answer can be found in similar Knickerbocker stories.
With his leadership powers “weakened” it is believed that “those who were responsible for the Holocaust’s initiation (namely other high-ranking officials within the Nazi Party) acted independently of Hitler” (Draper, 1999, p.14). This also brings into light the term ‘Cumulative radicalization’. Using cumulative radicalization is an easy way of explaining how over time, the Nazis persuaded many of the German people to take ever more extreme positions against Jews, and other persecuted groups, until the Holocaust became possible. It is also stated in the article ‘Law, justice, and Holocaust”, “less known are the contributions of “ordinary” people—doctors, lawyers, teachers, civil servants, officers, and other professionals throughout German society—whose individual actions, when taken together, resulted in dire consequences. Put simply, the Holocaust could not have happened without them”.
Vonnegut wanted to “try to write my war story, whether it was interesting or not, and try to make something out of it.” Vonnegut wanted to make a significant point across about the horrors of the war stating several times he is currently writing an anti war novel(******). The main character Billy is broken from the war, which is clearly stated in (*******). Showing what Vonnegut went through through Billy described the Dresden bombing as the worst bombing and experience that any prisoner of war had
The Chicago World Fair stirred many emotions in this great time of industrialization, but not only was Chicago shining in the spotlight from the fair, it was also promoting something much more sinister, this dark enclosing spotlight shined directly on H.H Holmes. Burnham the leader of the World Fair and H. H Holmes the notorious serial killer, are the two main characters in this novel that Erik Larson uses the balance between light and dark between these two’s personalities. In the novel The Devil in the White City Erik Larson uses Imagery, paradox, and alliteration to show the balance between the light and dark in the ever growing city of Chicago. Imagery paints an ever expanding picture for the audience, the detailed descriptions such as “but his eyes are as blue as ever, bluer at this instant by proximity to the sea" (Larson 3).
The story of Rip Van Winkle, by Irving, sets the position in the Kaatskill Mountains. It’s an American mythicism about a slow farmer who left on a hike and met a Dutchmen and settled up sleeping for twenty years. American religion is folk tales with some magical theme to it. After reading Rip Van Winkle, the reader may take aside that being lazy easy but it doesn’t get you wherever in life. The anecdote of Rip Van Winkle is set to place in a village in the Kaatskill Mountains.