Edgar Allan Poe, one of history’s most terrifying and demented authors, is famous for his multitude of stories perfectly crafted to haunt readers for years after they finish reading the final words. To achieve this, Poe uses many suspense techniques such as imagery, vocabulary, psychological insights and unreliable narrators to heighten the power of his tales and truly chill readers to the bone. His use of these tactics is no more apparent than in his most morbid and haunting tale, “The Masque Of Red The Death”. In this story, Poe uses three main literary devices: Imagery, symbolism and themes. Poe’s use of imagery is something that makes this tale captivate the audience and truly resonate within readers’ minds.
This inspired a young bradbury to become an author. He would go on to make one of his more famous short stories known as “The Scythe”. Many people consider this a literary masterpiece. “The Scythe” is a short story about a man and his journey on being the next reaper of souls. Bradbury often writes about death as if it is his favorite topic Bradbury works show man as hungering to know who he is and how he can achieve his full potential fearing growing old and dying, and being earnest in his quest for a way in which he can effectively deal with the problem of evil.
American gothic is often devoid of castles and objects which allude to a civilized history. Differentiating between horror and terror is important in the study of these texts. Considered the quintessential American Gothic writer, Poe's epic story, The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) reveals the tragedy of Rodrick Usher, who suffers from a variety of mental health disorders not even invented or named by modern psychology when Poe wrote about them: hyperesthesia (sensory overload), hypochondria, and acute anxiety. It’s a stellar tale sure to disturb and delight the reader. Characteristics of the Gothic include: death and decay, haunted homes/castles, family curses, madness, powerful love/romance, ghosts, and vampires.
Edgar Allen Poe has produced countless pieces of literature, his use of odd narrators to tell the most bizarre stories are unparalleled. Edgar Allen Poe is most well-known for somber tales and horror short stories. Some of his stories are alike in many aspects and complement each other very well. The narrators of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" both display inhumane acts to persons and animals through horrific acts. In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor is the character who tells the tale.
“Then the mere consciousness of existence, without thought – a condition which lasted long. Then, very suddenly, thought, and shuddering terror, and earnest endeavor to comprehend my true state.” Poe uses the detailed outlook and description of everything his characters feel and experience, to communicate the feeling of fear and horror to his readers. Poe’s special twist on the gothic element of fear and horror, adds a dark, metacognitive feel to “The Pit and the Pendulum” which makes you, the reader, consider what humanity is, as a whole, truly afraid of. Poe understands what the human race truly fears, and uses that as an advantage, everything his character feels, is so
As a result, gothic horror is important to a reader because of how it can connect to their lives in a certain way. In the novel Dracula, author Bram Stoker focuses on multiple elements of gothic horror which apply to several of the characters in the novel and can compare to contemporary works that have gothic elements, as well. In any novel, mystery and suspense is a popular characteristic, but contributes very well to what secures a gothic theme to a novel. Here, mystery and suspense are built throughout the novel based on the predicament of the characters. Initially, mystery is built very early on in the story, where the reader is interested to know who the
In this scene, the extensive use of short sentences in the protagonist speech such as “Oh God!” “Murder?” refers implicitly to his deep anxiety. He believes the ghost’s claims and takes his words for granted. As a matter of fact, this scene entails many consequences on the rest of the play as it is considered Hamlet’s eye-opener. In contrast, the ghost’s speech seems to be longer, thus eloquent and more expressive; he is conveyed throughout the scene as the only truth holder. Besides, the use of the imperative such as “Revenge his foul” , “ Hamlet, hear” draws a hierarchical relationship between the protagonist and the ghost as the latter has control over Hamlet’s future acts.
Edgar Allan Poe’s frightening gothic style poetry and short novels about fear, love, death and horror are prominent to Gothic Literature and explore madness through a nerve-recking angle. The incredible, malformed author, poet, editor and novelist is recognized for his famous classical pieces such as “The Raven”, “Berenice” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, pieces of work that mystically yet magnificently awakens readers with a gloomy spirit. Awakening the subject of madness through written work was viewed as insane during Poe’s times. Yet Poe published some of the worlds most magnificently frightening pieces of literature throughout history. In the following essay I will examine and cautiously analyze Edgar Allan Poe’s most prominent works of madness, as well as his personal life to a certain extent.
Ichabod’s tendency to believe the ghost stories surrounding Sleepy Hollow allows readers to view the setting as a seemingly evil place. Furthermore, the headless horseman, the “dominant spirit” and “commander-in-chief” of the supernatural occurrences in Sleepy Hollow, is perhaps the main source of evil in the story. The headless horseman is a gothic element because he is a source of terror, and his apparition is that of a decapitated man. A final symbol seen in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is the contrast of light and dark imagery to make the setting evil. There are very few light images in the story; one of the only known images is that of a “whitewashed” church, which symbolizes hope (Irving 13).
He eventually kills his cat, in a fit of rage, and then believes that the cat comes back to haunt him; He encounters a similar cat that bears a strange resemblance to Pluto. Coincidentally, this cat is also missing an eye, which can represent the recurrence of the eye within Poe’s works. Poe writes, “What added, no doubt, to my hatred of the beast was the discovery, on the morning after I brought it home, that, like Pluto, it also had been deprived of one of its eyes” (Poe, para 19). The narrator is taken aback by the cat's remaining eye, as well, claiming that it withholds an inner fire, comparable to that of the raven. The eyes of both creatures