“The Tell-Tale Heart” vs. “The Haunted Palace” Death and sorrow has entered everyone’s life at some point, but it can definitely have different effects on us. Edgar Allan Poe’s two short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both deal with death and evil, which raises a question, how has evil effected Poe in his life to drive him to write pieces of writing such as these. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man taken over by insanity and killing an old man because of it. “The Haunted Palace” is about this beautiful Palace that was then taken by evil and turned into a place of sorrow. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both are acutely unalike, but have alike themes and meaning of symbolism.
(Poe, lines 133-139). While Matheson’s idea of foreshadowing and the twist ending is represented by, “She shuddered Was it happening? A chill of horror swept across her”(Matheson, p110). Both stories use foreshadowing to tell the reader that something bad is going to happen. In Pit and Pendulum, it makes reader predict that something bad is waiting for the character which is worse than death but he manages to survive it.
In the stories, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Lamb of the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl both have a similar aspect in furthering the plot and creating an aesthetic impact on its target audience. In the story, “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard not only has heart trouble but her husband was pronounced dead. Whereas, in “Lamb to the Slaughter”, Mary Maloney kills her husband after finding out that he was leaving her, while she was still pregnant. Furthermore, what makes these stories similar is having two female protagonist feeling strong emotions towards their husband’s motives. Given this fact, “The Story of an Hour” uses a gloomy exposition and depressing ending whereas, “Lamb to the Slaughter” begins in a calm exposition to a clever ending in order for both of their stories to have a climactic resolution and have an aesthetic impact on its readers.
The characterization of Elizabeth on her bridal boer after the monster slays her is showcasing the disastrous effects of the knowledge Victor gains earlier in the story. Mary Shelley uses imagery and direct characterization to fully portray this terrible event. Victor describes the scene as he thinks, “She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair”(173). Later on, one can see the negative effects of the deaths of her and most of his loved ones, his suffering because of knowledge. When Shelley characterizes Victor, she uses imagery and descriptive language to show how damaged Victor is.
In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the themes of betrayal, loneliness and helplessness all contribute to the meaning of the pain one feels when they can’t find meaning in life. For example, the theme of betrayal can hurt others is present in the novel, “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber.” (Shelley, 35) When someone is betrayed they can feel attacked on an emotional level, since they no longer have a friend with them. Just like how Victor Frankenstein immediately left the monster he created. After being betrayed it can be harder for someone to trust others since they have just been left alone. Accordingly, the concept of loneliness leads
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
There are many moments in life that alter and change someone’s personality and character, from losing a game to a valuable possession. These situations are shown in the story “Lamb to the Slaughter”. Mrs. Maloney’s character is changed when Mr. Maloney decides to leave her with her six month baby. The author shows this change with precise language and dialogue. Before Patrick’s big reveal, Mary still desires to be the “perfect wife”.
Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?” (Steinbeck 44) In reality, Carlson didn’t really care about the dog or Candy, he just wanted to kill it for fun or because it stinks up the whole bunkhouse. This also proves the idea that nothing part of nature that is a living thing survives in the bunkhouse. At first, no one complained about the dog except for Carlson. Candy refused but then considered what Carlson said because Slim agreed with Carlson. Everyone thinks that Slim is the judge and whatever he says is the right thing to do.
I did not like the way the police officers and detectives acted. It did not seem believable to me that the detectives would bypass the lamb’s leg as a possible weapon. A part of the story that stood out to me was when Mary killed Patrick. It was incredibly shocking that she would act in that way. I really like Roald Dahl and his stories are fantastic to read.
Gothic is set as the mood and tone of this story. The gothic elements are the haunted house, the dull landscape, and the mysterious illness. The mood and the tone have some difference in this story. The mood that a reader can see it as is mysterious. The tone is how the writer feels towards what he is writing, in the story we see the changes in the tone.