Obsessive Use Of Tension In Gothic Literature

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Gothic texts combine fiction, horror, and death to prompt readers to feel extreme emotion, and the story employs darkness and gloom to this effect. When the narrator describes the way he approaches the old man 's darkened room each night, just at midnight, slowly inserting his head and his "dark lantern" through the door, we know what his intention is. His obsessive repetition of these actions, undertaken in darkness, only adds to the growing tension. Further, on the night the old man hears the narrator and sits up wide awake in bed, we know the narrator is waiting in the gloom, increasing our anxiety and terror for the old man 's well-being. It 's quite terrifying when the narrator says the old man tried to comfort himself in vain "because
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