To a great extent, Edgar Allan Poe’s writing is for the most part is gothic, as portrayed in most of his work. What is gothic? It’s a type of style that represents dark, fear, horror, though in different ways. Such as there are many types of gothic styles, like gothic architecture, fashion, gothic literature,gothic music, people, and there used to be a gothic language. Gothic Literature is a style of writing that is characterized by components of fear, horror, gloom, and romantic features, such as nature, individuality, and very intense emotion, which can be, but are not limited to suspense and fear.
Wuthering Heights comprises all the elements of a Gothic novel. However its characters are not as simple as the average Gothic protagonists. This particular novel deals with an amount of Gothic qualities, like dark settings and extreme landscapes, moonlights and candles, melancholy figures and imprisonment, torture and cruelty, supernatural element, madness, necrophilia as well as a communication between the living and the dead. Jibesh Bhattachayya states out clearly: “That Emily Bronte must have read some of these fictions of the Gothic type is evident from her creation of the mysterious Gondal world in her literary world in her literary attempts. Her passion for the esoteric and the sensational did not seem to have left when she wrote Wuthering Heights.
Poe was interested in madness, detective stories, and has perceived themes like death and decay.58 A new innovation to the gothic that appears in the mid-nineteenth century is the Sensation novels. Sensation mode is derived from Radcliffean style of evoking terror , suspense, and mystery. It is regarded as a sub- genre of the gothic . Sensational novel deals mainly with senses. It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety.
The term ‘Gothic’ often brings up certain images into one’s mind namely the supernatural, darkness, castles, love and mystery. Gothic elements are very common in the writings of many writers so far as the 18th and 19th century literature is concerned. However, Gothic genre has been divided in two different types by the recent study on the same. These are two gender-based groups: the male and the female gothic with their respective features and thematic concerns. Wuthering Heights is notable for its settings and its features such as ghosts, violation of graves, revenge motifs, sadism, trapped heroine, villain which rightly place the novel into the genre of Female Gothic.
These strategies were different types of irony, verbal, dramatic, and situational, also how Montresor leads Fortunato to the catacombs. Finally, the trowel hidden in Montresor’s coat foreshadows Fortunato’s death to come in the catacombs. All of these literary techniques show that Montresor has well thought this gothic story and murder he commits at the end of the short story. Overall, fiving the reader a sense of dark, sinister literature, that is eye opening to what really partakes in the
During the 1800s Dark Romanticism, sometimes referred to as Gothic Romanticism, entered the world of literature. Unlike the writings before this time, Dark Romanticism showed the sinful thoughts that had not been previously shown in the world. Unlike the previous fiction stories or novels such as fairytales that used creative, positive stories to escape reality, these dark and sometimes supernatural writings eluded reality by taking its readers into disturbing and sometimes sacrilegious situations. Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne both used symbols to illustrate elements of Dark Romanticism. The symbols within the stories of these great writers revealed the impending darkness and gloom that characterized Dark Romanticism.
His use of symbolism and point of view is another reason what makes Poe one of the greatest. That is why it is difficult to try to compare an author with similar writing style to his work because each author has something unique about themselves. Angela Carter is one author that has a very similar writing style to Poe. After reading her short story The Werewolf, her use of point of
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The name Gothic refers to the emulating Gothic architecture, in which many of these stories take place. This extreme form of romanticism was very popular in England and Germany. The basic plot created many other staple Gothic generic traits, including a mystery and an ancestral curse and as well as countless trappings such as hidden passages. Walpole published the first edition disguised as a medieval romance from Italy. When Walpole admitted to his authorship in the second edition, its originally favorable reception by literary reviewers changed into rejection.
In The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe showcases a unique style of writing, rendering exceptional pieces of literature. Both stories are within the genres of horror and romanticism, however, Poe does not conform to these genres, as they were in the 19th century. Poe branches out of romanticism, and with horror, he developed gothic romanticism and pioneered psychological horror. Poe believed that art and literature were the most realistic and accurate depiction of individual human nature. Deviating from romanticism, which would have focused on external depictions of horror, he concentrated on internal depictions of the human mind which reveal a character’s internal struggle and therefore make his depictions more realistic and stylishly accurate.