The display of emotions in his stories is what draws the attention of the reader. Most of the narrations like in "The Black Cat" give a sense of irrationality. Hatred, melancholy, woe and distress, his characters rely more on the human side showing their mental state, taking his stories to have a bigger impact on the reader’s minds. This is attributed to the period where his works were written, as stated earlier. 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.
Yet, he does not appear to be a severely negative character who would deserve such a horrible untimely end. It is implied that Montresor is crazy and could have imagined the insult towards him. The fact that he does not explain at all the reasons for his actions indicates that he might not have wanted to come across Fortunato's reaction, who would immediately start persuading Montresor that the insult never took place. Montresor murders an innocent person in a particularly cruel way inducing as much horror and desperation within the victim before death is possible. Thankfully, the author omits how Fortunato feels in his last moments when there is either not enough air or water after his prison is
Hamlet 's basic problem is whether he should live or kill himself. The skull is an image of what happens to our body after death, so if you don 't believe in an afterlife it 's a really good reason to give up. Hamlet does not care about his life anymore, the expression of rot and decay is deeply represent from the famous speech.
This sense of mystery is further heightened when the narrator admits he “could not have said for my life what.” This provokes the thought that the signalman is luring him down, supernaturally, just as the phantom is luring the signalman. This chilling image helps paint an image of dark mystery, creating suspense. In the Lamb to the Slaughter, Dahl’s use of structure also helps impart suspense in the
Poe was interested in madness, detective stories, and has perceived themes like death and decay.58 A new innovation to the gothic that appears in the mid-nineteenth century is the Sensation novels. Sensation mode is derived from Radcliffean style of evoking terror , suspense, and mystery. It is regarded as a sub- genre of the gothic . Sensational novel deals mainly with senses. It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety.
In Lermontov’s The Demon, we are plunged into a world of ontology in which one can question his/her own existence and human intentions in parallel with the story of the Demon. Through the use of clear characterization and understanding of human nature, Lermontov is able to humanize the Demon by depicting him as a symbol of isolation, emotion and rebellion. Because of this, one is able to relate to the main character of the poem on a level of empathy due to the understanding of human nature and what it is to exist in our world or a fictional world. From the beginning of the poem, the main character is portrayed as evil, as he interacts with the setting, the Caucasus, in a tyrannical way. Despite this, the idea of the Demon being of bad nature is just the surface description of the
However, Ketchum uses violence to diverge this; it is used in an effort to make you cringe and bundle up inside yourself, making you reluctant to continue. This creates a very difficult, yet strategic way of writing and reading a story, for the sake of enjoyment. You want to keep reading, however the utterly grimm and disturbing details make you want to put the book down and take a break. This is a metaphor for the story and it’s characters. If you want to survive, you are going to have to face the most gruesome things you will ever witness.
The second cat, on the other hand, is the cause of the narrator’s actions in the latter half of the story. He described the cat as having an annoying, almost omnipresent nature. The second cat exercises complete psychological control over our main character, and in the end it is this second cat that does him in and reveals his murder to the police. While the earlier cat represents the narrator’s tendency to follow the law or society, the second cat represents the narrator’s rebellion against that very law, and complete rejection. In a broader scope, Poe uses this doubling to show how the animalistic curiosity of the second cat will always eventually exert greater control over the narrator’s
The novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a literary piece full of ambiguity and different meaning hidden beneath layers and layers of literary devices. Some of the most effective devices employed are satire and irony. The irony in this book is shown in many different ways: through Marlow’s surprising development, the portrayal of The Company, and -perhaps the greatest irony in the novel- Kurtz’ character in general. The use of these devices further complicates the meaning of the story by confusing the true nature of the characters. Irony also contributes to the impressionistic style, but this style and the satire in the novel is what led some to believe the book is about anti-imperialism but others to believe that the novel is actually
Furthermore, Dickens creates the setting in a complex way to bring in tension for the reader so that they can intellect that something is happening. For instance, “Halloa! Below There!” this extract gives an eerie and bizarre effect to give the evidence of uncertainty as the narrator call out to somebody giving the readers a time to speculate on who could the narrator be calling out to. Dickens describes his characters in a down to earth, enigmatic and inexplicable sort of way to generate the idea of suspense throughout the