“The Fall of the House of Usher,” a gothic fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is pervaded by multiple examples of post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of trace. A close examination of the narrative reveals a distinct trace between incestual conception and the current condition of the Usher siblings through the physical and mental hinders which oppress them; a relationship between the occupants of the Usher estate and the trace of themselves which they inflict on the outside of it; and the traces of the author’s personal life within the storyline through the motif of live entombment. Articulated by philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophy of trace identifies the relationship between the absent and the presence
I decided to talk about '' The Fall of the House of Usher'' in my essay because it seemed interesting to me how the themes of madness, family, isolation and fear were melted together in the tragedy, gothic, short story genre. Therefore, the themes chosen by me to discuss in this essay are fear and madness. First of all, in this work everything is built in mournful manner beginning from the darkish autumn day in which the unnamed narrator arrives at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, to the tragic end of him and his house.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Setting Yorkshire moors, England 1750-1802 The title Wuthering Heights comes from one of the two houses in the novel, a dark, Genre Tragedy Historical Information Romanticism: artistic and intellectual movement that began as a reaction to the logic and rationality of the Enlightenment, and focused on the sublimity of nature Stressed emotion, rather than reason, as the source of beauty, art, and true knowledge Married woman could not own property, when they were married, and became “one entity” the property always belonged to the husband. Themes (2) Love: Heathcliff and Catherine have an all-encompassing love for each other that continues until they die.
But like the sign, this characteristic has weathered away. Petry writes that the sign has a “dark red stain like blood” (55). The metaphor, comparing the stain to blood, is used to give further insight to the occupants and the state of the residence. The metaphor suggests a violent mentality, and a dangerous living space. The sign as a symbol thematically ties into skewed perception.
One way the author foreshadows, and sets the mood at the same time is when he wrote: “Of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst.” This shows that the characters are dissatisfied with their home, which may hint to future actions to create a better environment. This also sets the mood to be gloomy. Another foreshadowing quote is when Jacobs
In the first scene, the narrator comes to the house for the first time after years and he feels immediately insufferable. The representation of the setting, including the antique building and the depressing landscape is a foreshadowing sign for the spooky things that are going to happen inside the house (Walker 586). Already the first description of the house with attributes as “bleak” or “vacant eye-like” (Poe 3) and that it stands in the “shades of the evening” points to its desolateness and obscurity which is a frequent factor concerning the setting in the Gothic (Steven 54). According to David Stevens it is common in Gothic works that “the setting itself appears to be the main character and gives the novel a title” (Steven 55) as it is the case in The Fall of the House of Usher and the house serves as an indicator for a Gothic
I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet uncertain degrees, the wild influence of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions." So we are left hanging with the question, does he lives only to tell the tale? Moving on to the characteristic of genre, „The Fall of the House of Usher” can be considered as a gothic or horror fiction. The metonymy of gloom and horror, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, high, even overwrought emotion are also part of characteristics of the story.
For example, Dr. Montague sees the house as a simple run-down family home, in the name of science he is trying to prove that the house has no real phenomena happening inside of it. However, Eleanor sees the house as a typical haunted house because she wants to believe in the mystery of the house. “The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once” (Jackson 23). In contrast, Dr. Montague’s view tells something different of the house “No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense” (Jackson 102).
The gothic elements fused with the scary in the storyline where anxiety can be seen existing in the dark edges of the type and the locked secrets in back of doors retains on the memory of readers. Pictures that are hard to forget for instance as described by Jonathan Harker in his journal in chapter three "I observed the fingers and foot grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with substantial speed, just as a
She couldn’t believe what she had found. There are satisfying reasons to believe in my theory and they are the muck fire, sinkhole, and Erik and Arthur. These are all examples from the book. Therefore, in the book, Tangerine, the theme is even though it looks perfect on the outside, the inside is ugly. Now my theory proves that people could be elegant and pleasant on the outside, but malicious and ugly on the inside.
Research Analysis for "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Flannery O ' Connor 's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is certainly a surprising work of literature. With this story having a not so happy ending, it goes against all of the conventional ideas on what a typical storybook ending should be.
The first important theme of the American Romantics is idealism. Idealism is a recurring theme throughout the American Romantic times, because the way people of this time felt it was their duty to help one another. Due to the Romantics humanitarian beliefs, many people, such as Dorothea Dix and Horace Mann, stood up for unjust and unfair rules for the betterment of society. The first romanticist to fight for a utopian society was Horace Mann. Mann fought to improve public education which at this time was a huge concern because of how the education system was religious based more than academic focused ("Political and Social Milestones"137).