The Brief Introduction to Gothic Literature The word “gothic” is once closely connected with the meaning of brutality in the early history. Thus, the corresponding literature with gothic features is deemed as a sort of literature that goes beyond the field of main trend of literature. And through a long period, the type of literature is accepted by people and step into its historic stage.
Poe, however, writes books with gothic, dark elements to them, reflecting his difficult past life. Both Bradbury and Poe are prodigious authors who write books that capture their reader’s attention and
At first glance, the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker appears to be a typical gothic horror novel set in the late 1890s that gives readers an exciting look into the fight between good and evil. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that Dracula is a statement piece about gender roles and expectations for men and women during the Victorian age. Looking at the personalities, actions, and character development of each of the characters in Dracula bring to light startling revelations about Victorian society and how Stoker viewed the roles of men and women during this time period. To really understand Dracula, it is important to note that this novel was written during a time “of political and social upheaval, with anxieties not just about the
Predictions can be inferred by analyzing the foreshadowing within the text. Foreshadowing creates the suspense and wonders of what is going to happen next. This creates the reader to do active reading by making predictions and keeping their attention. Mary Shelley does this in her novel, ‘Frankenstein’. The author writes so many suspenseful and thrilling parts, it makes you ponder, “ What will happen?”.
Dracula Sucks While the image of vampires has become vastly distorted through the commercialization of the horror genre to a more comical and tacky depiction of a once-feared fictional monster, Stoker’s use of gothic elements in a Victorian environment, the masked theme of xenophobia that is weaved throughout the novel, as well as the combination of multiple different types of terror frightened Victorian readers and, in some parts, frightens us still today. According to Stephen King in Danse Macabre, there are “three types of terror”: the “gross-out”, comprised of gore and and blood; “horror”, or the supernatural fears like the undead and unnaturally large insects; and “terror”, which is the fear of strange happenings that are disturbing or unsettling without a known cause. (cite) Stoker mainly uses horror to incite fear in his readers over the course of Dracula; the novel’s plot is centered around the existence of a vampire disguised as a Transylvanian nobleman. Stoker also utilizes gross-outs often to adhere to the gothic theme of the
The strongest emotion is fear, and the strongest type of fear is the fear of the unidentified. The gothic genre communicates the element of fear effectively, enhancing the reader's experience. The authors Daphne du Maurier, in Rebecca, and Alice Sebold, in The Lovely Bones, use certain motifs such as setting, high emotions, and supernatural activities to portray the fear of the unknown in order to get their audiences most involved within the story. The setting is where and when the story takes place, it has a considerable contribution to the tone and mood in gothic literature, thus enhancing the fear element. In Rebecca, the story, as a flashback, takes place at Manderley, a stone, cold mansion, isolated in its own world where the narrator is harboring memories of that mansion.
The main character in “The Tell Tale Heart” was the narrator. This gives a different feel to the story as the main character is telling the story from his point of view. An old, dark, creaky house is the setting of “The Tell Heart, which is important because it causes the reader to feel suspense while reading the
Horror stories by W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe write horror stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat due to their amazing use of suspense, thrill, and imagination. The authors W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allan poe have become renown for their horror stories. This is due to their creativity and imagination and in the way they captivate you with their writing. In both horror stories "The-Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Monkey 's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, they both use the cause and effect relationship to create suspense and interest in the reader, without this essential aspect of these two stories, the reader would quickly lose interest in these two writers literature.
Decadent in social and cultural dualisms, and existing amidst the struggle between idealized conduct and corrupted morals and lifestyles, this literature creates atmosphere necessary for the imaginative conception of the spirits and demons that haunt beyond the
This affected his composition and actually, the English Gothic novel began with his 'Gothic story '; 'The Castle of Otranto '. Fundamentally, a Gothic novel is said to incorporate sorcery, riddle, heavenly, uncanny and tension. The interpretation of a Gothic novel contrasts from reader to reader. A Gothic work is to have a unquestionable mixing of remote setting, destroyed strongholds, dilapidated houses, mazes, cells, dull halls, cellar, moonlight, candles, winding stairs, fierce interests, inbreeding, odd fixation, and condemnations. This sort makes sentiments of agony, riddle, dread, tension since their point is to investigate humankind 's dull side and question humanity about what is great and underhandedness, address what part the powerful shows, and experience dread or fear.
“There is reason that all things are as they are...” (Stoker 17). Outlasting countless other tales of its time, Bram Stoker’s lore of “Dracula” began as and still continues to be a classic, frightening novel and despite how some would classify it on only a single one end of the spectrum, it holds true elements of both literary and commercial fiction. He uses various techniques of writing, such as the epistolary plot structure and dramatic irony, and elements, including suspense, to present an unexpected, fear-inducing concept based on the xenophobic idea of the Victorian era.
Moreover,suspense, one of the most odd sensations that your body will obtain if you are about to get your heart pumping wildly because of a horror story, mystery solving, or etc. Consequently, writers create suspense for the reader to be hooked on the story until the mystery is solved or until the horror ends. Some famous writers like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and short stories from Edgar Allan Poe wrote suspense in their stories to make it more alive and interesting for the readers. The characters
In all three novels “The Feather Pillow” by Horacio Quiroga, “Prey” by Richard Matherson, and “ The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving all have an eloquent amount of elements all including Mystery/ambiguity: and a supernatural force included in their short stories. The authors purpose for these elements are to give the reader a thrill of mystery and supernatural forces that defy the nature of our world and fill the story with action, all wile keeping the reader reading to the end wile keeping them on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens next. Each novel has supernatural forces teeming inside it ,effecting the novel and also adding -a so called- villain for the novel. First the short story “prey” by Matherson, has a supernatural
During Edgar Allen Poe’s life-time he expressed gothic tendencies and his strong telling in The Fall of the House of Usher. The suspense of the book gives an eerie feeling to readers. Even though the narrator in the story might be scared along with the readers, the narrative gives off an understanding that everything is delirious and strange in ways. Throughout the short story, the narrator interferes with grotesque characters, bizarre situations, and violent events. Imagery has a well-known effect throughout the story, it shows you how it happens through words.
The Gothic Influence Although the word “Gothic” is often associated with supernatural creatures or haunted, abandoned places, the word actually originates from an elaborate style of architecture. The reason that the word “Gothic” has become associated with these ideas of horror and death is because the architecture was thought of the ideal place for mysterious, suspenseful, and dark stories to occur. These types of stories became known as the Gothic genre. The Gothic literary genre often includes elements of fear, death, and strong emotions, and is set in set in a dark or mysterious place.