Poe’s usage of resources like dark atmospheres, messing around with the time in which the story is represented, this was most commonly used to alter reader’s ideas of the perfection and the beauty and divert them more to the contemporary side. He liked to mix different settings with times who were most likely to confuse the reader’s perception of it, making his stories more suspenseful. Poe’s characters had something in between, parts or their full names weren’t ever mentioned. He believed the real emphasis should be put in the emotions of the character, not in the identity. This is the case of "The Pit and the Pendulum" where the base of the story is the representation of characters fears not knowing the name of the same.
Additionally, Poe applies connotative diction to his short story to make it more effective. Undoubtedly, Poe includes connotative words that suggest danger in his story. For instance, he states, “‘True—true,” I replied; “and, indeed, I had no intention of alarming you unnecessarily; but you should use all proper caution”’(Poe, 61). Poe’s use of the words “alarming” and “caution” show connotative diction and cause the mood to feel a bit dangerous and threatening. The author also adds eerie and dark words to add to the connotative diction of the story.
It is used to make the story become more real, and easier for the reader to place himself in the story, and feel the same way as the characters. Stephen King is using the terror effect throughout the whole story. He is making the feeling of dread and anticipation the main factors in the horrifying experience. He also uses the horror effect, when he is writing about The Boogeyman, but he leaves out the gross out part. Edgar Allan Poe is in the same way using both terror and horror to give the reader the most horrifying experience.
Imagery helps paint a mental picture for the reader, while similes compare two unlike objects using like or as. The reader has to be able to understand or imagine what the devices mean, to enhance the story. A few examples in the story, were difficult to understand due to the reference. For the most part, this story had some great literary devices. In the story The Most Dangerous Game, Richard Connell
The Hanging Garden, while not a true fantasy film, uses elements of the fantastical in order to tell a story and to present a spectrum of masculinity. The film, in my opinion, best uses mystery and the extraordinary to present this spectrum. Specifically, the simultaneous existence of the Sweet William who commits suicide, the Sweet William who leaves as an adolescent, and the even younger Sweet William really allows the viewer to compare the types of masculinity that are presented in The Hanging Garden as they all have different dynamics to the other masculine figures in the film. One of the first scenes that exemplifies this dynamic is when we see, or rather just hear, the alcoholic father hit William. This shows the father as a bullying
I agree that both “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe can be described as short stories that value symbol over plot. Poe uses various symbols to disclose information or details to the reader, while also leaving components of the story open to interpretation. This symbolism tells its own story within the overall plot, rather than it being explained clearly by the author, cleverly adding to the interest of the read. This effective allegory allows the reader to question their literal understanding of the story, once faced with the deeper philosophical ideas. This means that in the case of these two short stories, symbols are valued over plot.
What if the protagonist resolves the conflict through the qualities that are usually not found in classical hero? This literary device, known as the ‘anti-hero’, is employed by writers to describe protagonists who are not standard pure and true literary heroes. At the same time, the protagonist may possess some traits of characters that are usually visible in villains. The writers often deliberately create anti-heroes and emphasize their flaws to add some dramatic unexpected
The gothic period in American history was full of dark themes that reflected the response that romanticism had on individualist literature. Instead of viewing individuals with hope, gothic’s looked at individuals with the potential of evil. This was the source of the macabre styles like fear, greed, and betrayal that came to define the gothic era. One of the defining authors of the era was Edgar Allan Poe who wrote the story Masque of the Red Death with many of the themes of the gothic era in mind. In particular, the story is primarily centered around death and our inability to escape it.
Light and Dark in Frankenstein Throughout Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader is torn between the forces of good and evil, as well as which characters represent which force. Perhaps the most masterful element of this novel is conveying how an individual can not be judged as wholly good or evil, and how having elements of both traits greatly forms the human experience. By using the motifs of light and dark to represent the positives and negatives of humanity, Mary Shelley is able to effectively convey character traits, depict transitions of good and evil within characters, and employ haunting symbolism and imagery into the novel and transform it into a literary masterpiece. The use of light and dark as imagery in the novel could not be
While Frankenstein (1818) sees the literary double as a supernatural manifestation outside the control of Victor Frankenstein, later 19th century novels describe the creation of a double as deliberating act. It is presented as a choice of the character who wishes to eliminate any internal separation. Accordingly, the characters presented appear to be rational as they make a conscious choice. Both, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray, are two novels similar in their illustration of the double which formed out of repressed desires. Henry Jekyll and Dorian Gray are both gentlemen who feel the need to control parts of their inner nature to maintain their respectable public image.