Without the creepy settings, the stories would not be as scary. In “Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe uses words to create a terrifying castle surrounded by dead trees and an overall sense of dread and death. “…With the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The setting plays a great role in this story because the house is connected to Mr. Usher. Usher is a broken man, with a depression that reflects on the depression of the house.
Their lack of control and and their lack of obedience for rules brings them to savagery and loss of innocence, leading to the tragic deaths of a few of their own. William Golding uses symbolism, similes, and repetition to brilliantly and powerfully illustrate loss of civilization and innocence in the novel. Using these literary devices, Golding makes the read much more descriptive and meaningful. The novel really shows the darkness deep inside every man, and under the right conditions, this darkness can arise, resulting in a loss of innocence and civilization. Golding’s uses of symbolism, similes, and repetition help convey that theme even
The author describes an image about the kitchen and the rest room. The author describes the kitchen with following quotes, “The kitchen is a cavern,” “The floor is slick with spills,” and “Sinks everywhere are clogged with scraps of lettuce, decomposing lemon wedges, water-logged toast crusts”. The effect of the imagery is to show the chaos of the kitchen, and to emphasize how bad the working environment is. Thus the audience can realize that how substandard and dirty the kitchen is, which beyonds audiences’ expectation due to the public impression that a kitchen should be the cleanest place due to its function of preparing and saving food. Later, the author continues to use imagery as describing the rest room.
The cruel male figure in ¨Bloody Chamber¨ is compared not only to an animal but to lilacs. The husband is the representation of evil, symbolizing the man who is humiliated to animality. It is the presence of the omniscient evil that spreads like the scent of lilacs-a metaphor that has not been chosen randomly -and which, like them, stains: "The lilies I always associate with him; That are white, and stain you "(15). Using the term "stain" the narrator does not talk only about lilies but also about the way the Marquis made her feel. The unnamed heroine is objectified first by his treatment like she is just piece of meat or an object taking her virginity in a brutal way and this is associated with her stain.
The punished “lie supine” as “the tears that they shed knot instantly in their eye-sockets.” Their physical position exhibits their vulnerability. The knotting, or freezing, of their tears illustrates their pain and suffering of being in Hell, and is an example to the non-sinners of what might happen to them. In a similar manner, Tolkien describes the “dead faces in the water” as “grim faces and evil, noble faces and sad.” They too are rotting away and suffering in the water. The “tricksy lights” around the water lure one to look into it, but if they do, they will be dragged into the dark waters, “glazed with grimy glass.” Dead bodies have been abducted by cunning spirits to take over them, as a horrific result of the war. Tolkien and Dante both use descriptions of the dead to warn humanity against the consequences of war and sin.
“Human” despises her though, and says that she didn’t care for anyone but the humans. Symbolism also displays the divide in opinions. The soldiers uses the word “evil” in the same sentence as “claws” to draw emphasis to them. In the other approach, the word “hands” shows that hands could do an equal amount of evil. Lastly, Polysyndeton brought sympathy through revealing similarities between monster and man and brought the two stories together.
The Valley of Ashes symbolized poverty, and Fitzgerald succeeded at portraying the Valley of Ashes as this impoverished area via imagery. Fitzgerald glorified the color grey in the area, and described the area as this grotesque uninhabitable place to live, as a result it impacted the mood of chapter two, creating this depressed atmosphere that gloomed over the residents. To further enhance the gloominess of The Valley of Ashes, Fitzgerald also used the weather to his advantage, it was never sunny, the sky was always grey, and it played along with the color theme of the
The valley of the ashes -- the area between the West and East Egg -- represents absolute poverty and hopelessness. Fitzgerald first introduces “The desolate area of land” (35) in chapter two, where “ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and...translucent effort of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. (35)” Unlike the extravagant West and East egg, the valley of the ashes presents a dark tone to the novel. All the events that occur in the valley of the ashes appears to be morally unsettling because of the dark and grey connotation. The colour grey -- the colour for dreariness -- describes this valley, a place of no hope and future.
Poet Mary Oliver once wrote, “Someone I loved once gave me a box of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift.” Darkness is usually framed as being corrupting and evil in life, the little known truth is that Darkness can also be a force healing and development as seen in Frankenstein , A Tale of Two Cities, and Cannery Row. Frankenstein is the tragic story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. The Gothic style of writing in this book gives the reader opportunity to easily observe the gift of darkness and the positives it can contain despite the horrors that also result. Victor Frankenstein begins the novel as an arrogant and irresponsible man who has yet to have any real problems of his own.
Fitzgerald intentionally uses the valley to display the side effects of decay in an area. The ash that covers everything represents the economic decay of an area. Nobody that lives there can afford to fix it. Later on in the passage , it further describes the way the valley looks, “The grey land and spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it… Brood on over the solemn dumping ground”(27-28). This quote gives the reader a good look as to what the valley is like.
This quote is, without a doubt, descriptive and I really enjoyed this quote because of that. It obvious throughout the whole novel, Sinclair’s objective was to disgust his readers whilst informing them of the unsanitary conditions the cities had to offer to poor immigrants. Specifically with this quote, Sinclair captured the filth and unbearableness of Packingtown. Packington was filled with “hot rivers of blood”- the animal blood was drained into the river, and that the cargo “smelt like the craters of hell”. Sinclair continued to describe the awful bathroom conditions and the untidy laundry.