Edgar Allan Poe was a very dark writer who predominately wrote mystery. In the short-story, “Tell-Tale heart he used the literary device of setting to create a dark, threatening tone by using man-made geography, mood and atmosphere, time of day, elapsed time and Poe used locale to tie all the elements together Edgar Allan Poe used man-made geography. One way he uses this is in (541, 2). The narrator hid the body under the wooden planks. Wood planks reverberate every time you step on them, so when the mad narrator murdered the old man, he could thought he could hear and feel the heartbeat echo under the floorboard.
He states “his room was as black pitch with the thick darkness” (538:5). This makes the story spine-chilling and it makes you automatically think of what could be in the dark room. Poe tries to make the story as scary as possible for the reader to enjoy. Another hint of knowing it is completely dark is when it says “for the shutters were closed fastened through fear of robbers”(538:6). The old man felt scared and violated being looked at in the middle of the night and not knowing who or what could it be.
In most fictional stories, setting seems to be just the background. In school students identify the year and city or area the story takes place in and that’s about all they discuss regarding it. In some stories that can be enough. The story focuses on just the characters and the setting does not play a crucial role to how the story develops. In the cases of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Poltergeist directed by Tobe Hooper that is far from the truth.
The mansion that all the children live at is very luminous and beautiful, it has a large amount of energy and makes everything seem perfect in that area, despite the differences in the children. Then, in a later scene, the setting is in the miniscule town on the island. The town is very gloomy looking with little color, and all the citizens seem despondent. These scenes approach the idea in a different way, with still the same meaning. It shows that society should not be afraid of what they do not know or understand.
I have always had an interest in Edgar Allan Poe’s writing, poems and short stories. The way in which he writes is very peculiar and very original and unique to him. In grade 10, we made gothic movies and focus thoroughly on the works by Poe. He uses first person narrator in both “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” and he does this in a way that is so unreal, and it puts you in the mindset of the somewhat psychotic speaker. I think it is an important topic as there are so many gothic authors out there, but Poe has his own unique way of telling the story that are so distinct to him.
The opening scene of the movie begins with the following line: "This poor boy is from Alabama, he's a long way from home" (Cold Mountain.) In that scene the man speaking is talking about Oakley; that first line in the movie, sets the tone for the entire movie- being away from home. The entire movie deals with the issue of being away from home, trying to find the way back. The movie is centered around two characters, Ada and Inman, who try to find their way back to each other after Inman in sent to war. Characters that are far from home are introduced, Ada who comes
Edgar Allan Poe, the author of many short stories and poems such as A Tell-Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, and much more, uses imagery, irony, and parallel structure in order to convey a common dark truth. Poe was an American writer who was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809. By the age of two years old, his family had been abandoned by his father and his mother died the following year. After his mother’s death, he had been orphaned. Later on, when he became a writer, he used his warped past to make meaningful pieces of literature that are still and will continue to be, treasured.
As seen in “The Fall of the House of Usher” the setting is described as dark, dreary, with little elements of the supernatural at work. Poe tells the reader how the night is filled with gloom and dread that hangs over the main character “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of evening dew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher”. The main character then looks over and describes the house itself in detail, Poe uses many words such as “bleak”, or “desolate” to tell the reader how the house is in such
These two writers are well known for their specific writing genres. Poe was one of the first people to write horror and suspense stories. Bradbury was one of the first people to write about science fiction the way it is written today. Even though these two writers share a similarity, there are drastic differences in their stories. Edgar Allen Poe specialized in the horror genre.
Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury were both amazing authors of many books. They wrote books and short stories about the supernatural, unlike many other authors. They caused their readers to think about the deeper meaning(s) about their stories. In their stories they use many literary devices : foreshadowing, imagery, irony, allusion, and symbolism that enhance their stories. Though they have things in common with their styles of writing, there are also some differences that they have.