As shown, Millay uses the idea of a wraith in her poem, incorporating the title throughout. Her poem shows the thoughts of a person when facing the end of their life. Initially, the readers are looking at the rain as a calm and welcoming figure, the subject welcomes the rain willingly into her home, not realizing that death is creeping upon her. The title “Wraith” brings attention to the thought of a ghostlike image being seen before death, with death being represented in this poem as “thin rain” (Millay, line 1).
In Charlotte Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” she tells a horrific ghost story about symptoms of the rest cure. The “rest cure” was a treatment developed by Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell who restricted women of intellectual stimuli and condemned them to a domestic life to help their postpartum recovery. After being a victim of this treatment, Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Careful attention to the use of Gilman’s symbols in her short story allows the reader to analyze some of the themes concerning feminism and societal misogyny. Foreshadowing throughout, Gilman uses the house, the writing, and the wallpaper as symbols to show how man’s use of the “rest cure” limit women in society and offers that the solution to this issue is to persistently tear away at man’s injustice.
Sleepy Hollow, the mystifying town haunted by a headless horseman, is the new home of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. The town is an “[...] ideal [locale] for entrapping and holding that which can undo a mind like [Ichabod’s]” (Anderson 1). Sleepy Hollow is able to undo Ichabod’s mind because he believes in supernatural tales, including Cotton Mather’s “History of New England Witchcraft” (Irving 3). The locals even believe that the town is “bewitched” (Irving 1).
Throughout Robert M. Drake’s poems his use of metaphors allows the audience to build an understanding of the visionary that the poet is trying to express. Within his poem Just Us Forever, Drake delivers his form of love through expressions of rain, “just us forever, floating through the blackness of infinite”. In this verse the author romanticizes the state of the abyss of blackness as not something to be afraid of, but something of wonder; in relation to the rain, Drake further highlights the contrasts of light and dark as the rain can be seen as hope when in need. The second poem Burned Alive, metaphorically associates love as experiencing pain; however the pain without love is indicated to be feared as more excruciating when he reveals how
Gothic Literature is a genre that was popular between 18th to 19th centuries in North Germany. It is always being associated with Dark Romanticism which the emphasize was more on nature, terror and death, horror and many more. It involves dark and gloomy setting and also unexplainable things that are beyond human senses and reason such as ghosts and monsters. The main characters, on the other hand, are always ineffectual which they do not give much effect on the story plot. This can be seen through Washington Irving’s “Rip van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which can be considered as American gothic work in terms of its description of setting, the involvement of supernatural element in the story and also the characteristics of the main character.
Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost both write about darkness, structuring their poems in an uncertain and cynical tone stringing along the reader by using consistent rhyming and vague details. The authors also use extended metaphors and fearful imagery to implement the ominous feel that comes with darkness. Although both poems use different devices to achieve their purpose, the message is almost parallel. In Emily Dickinson's “419” she grabs your attention by using the pronoun “we”, in doing this she relates to the reader and makes the poem more personable.
Descriptions like “The wind moans” (1), and “The storm Scatters” (9-10) provide imagery that goes beyond the five senses into the realm of feeling. By using the words “moans” and “scatters”, Tu Fu puts an image into the reader’s head that this palace isn’t simply abandoned, but is haunted by its past glory. Another piece of personification, “The stream swirls” (1) doesn’t use a negative connotation, but does add to the haunting mood. These three pieces of personification use specific language to further build upon the mystical and eerie feeling established by the writing. This type of imagery, much like a rhetorical question, leads the reader to stop and think about the current condition of the palace.
The author, Angela Carter, has asserted that she felt impelled to write "Gothic tales, cruel tales, horror stories, fabulous narratives that deal directly with the imaginary of the unconscious" (Fireworks 132). But Carter did not delimit herself in writing the fairy tales ' new versions from an entirely new perspective. Instead, she has completely recreated them. The stories of the "Bloody Chamber" are written with a dark and sinister beauty. Carter 's writing has an exquisite sensitivity which impregnates every tale with provocative and fragrant sensitive elements.
“Magic Realism is a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.” Magic realism is commonly used among writers and relates more to those articles which particularly depict supernatural or incredible components as a characteristic of a generally reasonable and ordinary environment. David Foster Wallace used this literary technique in his story Church not made with hands. In this story, David Foster Wallace brilliantly uses this technique to make the reader believe the surreal event, occurring in the story, are part of normal and ordinary life. An example of his work is, “Day stands at a square window with a cup of something hot.
The protagonist's fantasy about people in the wallpaper addresses the idea of supernatural elements in its most prominent form. Throughout the story, several Gothic elements are explored. The most prominent elements are isolation, insanity, and the supernatural. The eerie events that occur throughout the story and its literary elements of Victorian Literature develop “The Yellow
AP8 Joan Didion and Linda Thomas respectively develop pieces with similar diction and other various devices to convey their Opposing views of the Santa Ana winds to their audience. Didion portrays the winds as a fearful occurrence while Thomas wishes to show her audience that these winds are something natural and somewhat beautiful. Concrete language is extensively used throughout both pieces, describing the environment as "...ominously glossy..." (The Santa Ana Winds) and "...fire blackened land..." (Brush Fire). Through the descriptions the audience is able to understand the Santa Ana winds as the authors portrayed them.