Gothic fiction Essays

  • Suspense In Gothic Fiction

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    The detective story usually places its characters into an old house, a mansion, and the feeling of claustrophobia and mystery arises from darkness, shadows, stormy weather and light strange reflections. Atmosphere of Gothic suspense came from the threatening feeling or fear enhanced by the unknown. At times, characters did not know their ancestors and could not say where they came from (Day 1985: 123). Undoubtedly, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense is present in both kinds of productions. Works

  • Characteristics Of Gothic Fiction

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    Gothic fiction or Gothicism, which is widely known by the genre of Gothic horror, is a mode of literature and film that combines fiction, horror, death, supernatural and romance. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his novel The Castle of Otranto. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century and had much success in the 19th century, as witnessed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Another well known novel in this genre, dating

  • The Characteristics Of The Gothic Hero In Gothic Fiction

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    anticipating moments in the novel or the appearance of the evil figure .84 Thirdly, the Gothic Hero (Protagonist) , in any gothic fiction a vicious character is substantial to establish the atmosphere of horror . However, a gothic hero is not necessarily a gothic villain . As in early gothic novels, specifically Radcliffean gothic fictions, the gothic protagonist is simply a helpless heroine: The very words "Gothic heroine" immediately conjures up a wealth of images for the modern reader: a young,

  • Gothic Science Fiction Analysis

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    The gothic has a close affinity to the literature of the fantastic which is about the not-yet or what is to be achieved in the future. It is defined as a ‘fantastic escapist genre’ as it enables female writers “escape from powerlessness, from meaninglessness, from lack of identity except through the performance of unstable and unsatisfying roles, and from the covert perception of the hollowness of the promises of social mythology about women’s lives,” to use the words of Kay J. Mussell (qtd. in Vokey

  • Gothic Fiction In 'Where Is Here '?'

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    Author Joyce Carol Oates ' discovery of the stories of Edgar Allen Poe and Ann Radcliff “sparked her interest in Gothic fiction”. These Gothic elements typically include gruesome or violent incidents, characters in psychological or physical torment, and strong language full of dangerous meanings. Oates herself is citied as saying that "Horror is a fact of life. As a writer, I’m fascinated by all facets of life". “Where is Here?" This story is sort of eerie and tells the tale of a grown-up man who

  • Gothic Fiction In Bram Stoker's Count Dracula

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    have become immortal and are going to last for eternity. This seems to be the case of the 19th century author Bram Stoker, who, upon fact, legend and fiction brought to life his eponymous vampire: Count Dracula, a sinister and monstrous predator who thrived on the blood of living souls. Regarded by many as the defining work of Gothic fiction, Stoker’s fin-de-sìecle novel achieved a pervasive hold on Western imagination, transforming it into one of the most lasting literary myths of all times.

  • A Comparison Of Gothic Fiction In 'A Rose For Emily'

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    simple pleasures of family, church, or profession. Rather, I write to those beings like myself whose existence is compounded by a lurid intermingling of the dark and the light” B. E. Scully said this as a description for Gothic fiction. Two writers, who focused on American Gothic, were William Faulkner and Charlotte Gilman. William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in the South in Mississippi, in 1897, and lived there until he left high school to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1918. He met a fellow

  • The Elements Of Gothic Fiction In 'The Tell Tale Heart'

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    These stories are all in the genre of gothic fiction. They have different ways to show the themes of the stories like using darkness villains and death. The authors of these gothic fiction stories were Neil Gaiman“The Sandman” Edgar Allan Poe“The Tell Tale Heart” and Don’t Ask Jack“Neil Gaiman”. Gothic fiction is a writing type that has horror, death and fear. These are some elements of gothic fiction. In The Tell tale heart there is a butler that goes insane by a man that has an eye the size of

  • Gothic Fiction In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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    let us know that we are in the realm of horror that is known as gothic fiction. The author of ‘A Rose for Emily’ William Faulkner was born in 1897 and died in 1962. He grew up in Mississippi, which he uses as the setting for many of his novels and short stories. In his work he tackles issues such as race, gender, and class, as you 'll notice in 'A Rose for Emily, ' which was published in 1931. This story is considered as Gothic. Gothic literature includes elements that include Horror and Humanity

  • Gothic Fiction In 'Tell-Tale Hart' And The Sandman By Edgar Miller

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    Gothic Fiction Essay ”Tell-Tale Hart” by Edgar Allen, ”Don 't Ask Jack” by Neil Gaiman and ”The Sandman” directed by Paul Berry are all examples of gothic fiction. Gothic fiction started in 1765 and was created to scare the reader using elements of fear, horror, death and gloom. ”Tell-Tale Hart” is a text about a person who kills an old man because his eye is driving him crazy. ”Don 't Ask Jack” is an about a Jack in the box in a rundown nursery who tells the children something that haunts them

  • And Byronic Hero: The Byronic Hero

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    The notion Byronic Hero took its name after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron. It first appears in latter’s poem Childe Harold 's Pilgrimage (1812–1818), and is described by the historian and critic Lord Macaulay as “a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection” (qtd. Christiansen 201). Conventionally, the figure is presented as a young and attractive male with a bad reputation

  • Gothic Characterism In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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    of a Gothic novel. However its characters are not as simple as the average Gothic protagonists. This particular novel deals with an amount of Gothic qualities, like dark settings and extreme landscapes, moonlights and candles, melancholy figures and imprisonment, torture and cruelty, supernatural element, madness, necrophilia as well as a communication between the living and the dead. Jibesh Bhattachayya states out clearly: “That Emily Bronte must have read some of these fictions of the Gothic type

  • Death And Supernaturalism In Horace Walpole's The Castle Of Otranto

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    INTRODUCTION Gothic fiction or Gothicism is a genre or a type of literature and films that is literally a combination of horrors and fictions and even romance at times, it also includes death and supernaturalism. It was known to be introduced by a famous Victorian writer Horace Walpole during the 17th century with his famous and well known book The Castle of Otranto also known as the Gothic Story. When he used the word gothic it actually supposed something like ‘barbarous’, in addition to ‘deriving

  • Gothic In The 19th Century

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    Godwin, “turned to the gothic and reinvested it with a power that would render his work influential to later writers in the genre as Charles Brockden Brown, Percy Shelley, Charles Robert Maturin ,and his daughter Marry Shelley” . 45 It is impossible to talk about early gothic novels without mentioning Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), or The Modern Prometheus for it creates anew turn in gothic fiction. Frankenstein is an idealistic scientist believes that he has discovered the secret of life

  • Rationalism In Detective Fiction

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    therefore, that what at first the reader considers inexplicable (it cannot be explained) ends up becoming unexplained (it can be explained), a procedure that clearly approximates the Gothic story to the detective fiction This point is confirmed by Hoveyda (1967: 19) who states that these types of novels, the Gothic, also called black novels, which were very much in vogue at the end of the 18th century, have a special feature: they begin with the fear of the invisible and end with an explanation,

  • Symbolism In Gothic Literature

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    Gothic literature is the succession of romantic literature and a genre that particularly covers the period of time from approximately 1764 to 1840 although it has been prominent until this day. It emerged in England but expeditiously spread to France and Germany to finally pervade almost the whole world. As Jerrold Hogle writes: …it exploded in the 1790s (the decade Walpole died) throughout the British Isles, on the continent of Europe, and briefly in the new United States, particularly for a female

  • Transgression In Gothic Literature

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    Hugh Blair labels the artistic gothic architecture – the setting, as a source of the sublime “A gothic cathedral raises ideas of grandeur in our mind, by its size, its height, its awful obscurity, its strength, its antiquity, and its durability”.14 Another key feature of the gothic genre is transgression. Transgression is simply the violation of social, cultural and moral norms. Gothic tries to get over conventional boundaries and break the rules of law and nature by transgressing to supernaturalism:

  • Gothic Elements In Rebecca

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    As a result many gothic subtitles appear, and it is true to regard Rebecca as ‘detective mystery’ since it includes a murder case. 25 4.3.2 The Setting and Weather The most eminent gothic elements revolve around the setting, Manderley. The setting in this story has a major contribution to the tone and mood of gothic. Rebecca is a classical- modern gothic literature. Manderley, is a colossal mansion secluded in its own world . As the classical gothic fiction is characterized by the traditional settings

  • The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan And Christabel

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    Ancient Mariner”, “Kubla Khan” and “Christabel”. All of these three, especially “Kubla Khan” and “Christabel” are full of supernatural elements, which make poems closer to the Gothic poetry. So because of that reason I am going to discuss how “Kubla Khan” and Christabel” conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a gothic genre, and for what purpose. “Christabel” is unfinished poem, which has two parts. Main character-Christabel is the innocent daughter of Sir Leoline. One day, while praying at

  • A Comparison Of The Gothic Literature Of Edgar Allan Poe

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    study are indisputably similar. A Gothic novel as revealed through the various illustrations explains to the readers a world filled with terror, horror, madness, mystery and unsolved crime. The gothic fiction germinated in the latter part of the 18th century. Various causes have been ascribed for the Gothic origin and development. When Poe appeared on the American literary scene, more than seventy years old tradition in Gothic writing existed. At its best, Gothic literature evokes the emotional response