Ligeia Essays

  • The Female Character 'Ligeia In The Birthmark'

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    the reader will perceive the characters. When short stories such as “The Birthmark” and “Ligeia” are analyzed the female characters are typically silenced and only presented from an outside perspective. This effects the way Georgiana is interpreted in the beginning of “The Birthmark” but as the story goes on and you learn more about her it reveals why she agreed with her husband. On the other hand, Lady Ligeia is only ever presented from an outside perspective and how she is depicted makes the reader

  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher Analysis

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    Written in 1839 by Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story which presents an unnamed narrator who finds himself lured in the House of Usher, experiencing the friction between mystery and fantasy while interacting with the owner. Thus, by analyzing the text, a question arises : is The Fall of the House of Usher a work of mystery or fantasy? First of all, in the beginning of the story we are presented with the description of the house. On one hand, the narrator is scared by

  • Literary Analysis Of 'The White Album' By Joan Didion

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    2) This extract is found in “The White Album” written by Joan Didion, who is the creator of many significant different literature pieces, both novels and essays. “The White Album” was published in 1979, and is the first and longest essay in the book. In this essay Joan Didion essentially uses a women as a connecting thread to describe what was happening in America at that time. I believe that the woman may even be herself to a certain extent, trying to externalize all her thoughts. What is perceived

  • Crooked House Analysis

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    “And they all lived together in a little crooked house,” Sophia, the granddaughter of the Aristide Leonides, said quietly. This statement is very enigmatic and mysterious. The word ‘crooked’ displays the dark mood of the novel and foreshadows the ominous incident that will happen in that ‘crooked’ house. The book Crooked House by Agatha Christie illustrates the murder of Aristide Leonides, the head of the Leonides family. He was found to be dead due to the overdose of the eserine, which is a drug

  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher Essay

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    “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

  • Elements Of Gothic Elements In Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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    Through the many works, of gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe, vast amounts of Gothic elements can be found; including Cemetery, devil, and grotesque. These elements are hidden in these stories , that Edgar Allan Poe wrote, and are still read and studied today. These elements were chosen because of the way they are whittled into the story, and indirectly expressed. For example the Gothic element cemetery can be described in two different ways, but is the same gothic element. One way cemetery can be

  • The Tell Tale Heart Analysis Essay

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    The Tell-Tale Heart: Analysis Poe is best known as the author of horror and suspense. The dark- gothic element that surrounds his stories is enhanced even more with the appearance of multi-complex personalities which ‘move between the edge’ of normal and abnormal. One of his characters that represent this notion is the narrator and main character of his well-known story the “Tell-Tale Heart”. His psychological complexity and his narrative technique immediately captivates the audience attention who

  • Analysis Of The Pit And The Pendulum

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    The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe, a short story of the horror genre, and horror is the very thing this piece was meant to provoke. Made in 1842 and set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the height of which came about during the 16th century lasting until the early 1800s. In a prison set in Spain, dark and mysterious conditions shape the scene. While non-descript in minute areas, the meticulous attention to detail and the amount of devices and the story 's deeper meaning is what makes

  • Names Within The Shadows Analysis

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    The comic ‘Blacksad, Somewhere within the Shadows’ is based on anthropomorphic animals whose species were specifically chosen for their characters role. Strongly reflecting they type of personality traits and role that the character has as the story unfolds. The story is about Blacksad who investigates the murder of an actress, Natalia Willford, his former lover. Clues by an old friend Jake Ostiombe led Blacksad to his first suspect Leon Kronski, a screenwriter and Natalia’s last known lover. Blacksad

  • Suspense In Detective 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

  • Schizophrenia Poem Summary

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    In the poem Schizophrenia, when expressed “It was the house that suffered the most” it proceeds on to say that it began with slamming doors and angry feet scuffing the carpet. Dishes were left unwashed and it was certain doors that were locked at night. Neighbors referred to the house as a madhouse. My interpretation of this poem was that the house is personified within it. It was described as if the house was turning on itself, I imagine that the author implied the house as if it was a person with

  • Narrative Essay On The Old Polish Foxtrot

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    The Old Polish Foxtrot (English coursework, draft) The air was thin, the dark shadows of the room were quailing towards me. I wasn't scared though. For they were my own demons haunting my shaken past of which I couldn't quite remember and there was very little I could do but wait. My stomach was kicking me in the most abnormal places, all I wanted is peace, for there to be no pain. As I placed my bleeding hand on the cold door knob, wanting to escape from the treacherous place

  • House Of Usher And House Taken Over Essay

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    “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe and “ House Taken Over “ by julio Cortazar, both Gothic Literatures explaining the lives of those who are too afraid to live, when they believe in buying themselves happiness. In both stories, the setting is based off two extremely large homes that are being taken care of by siblings, both male and female. They end up excluding themselves from each other's lives and begin to follow a routine based of the house. Both keeping you guessing at the

  • Examples Of Mood In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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    What is tone? Tone is the an attitude of a writer about the subject of the piece. For example, the narrator starts by saying “DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.” As the narrator is approaching the house, the

  • Jade Flower Palace Poem Analysis

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    All people are attracted to the beauty found in ancient monuments. All these structures were at one time magnificent, but for many they live in a current state of rot despite their previous glory. In the poem “Jade Flower Palace,” Tu Fu uses figurative language to convey the theme statement that even the finest of things dissolve with the wear of time. Tu Fu uses the literary devices of metaphors and hyperboles to show the decrepit state of the

  • Tale Of Two Cities Suspense Analysis

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    Suspense is a key point in any story or plot. Suspense is a feeling of expectation, anxiousness, or curiosity created by questions raised in the mind of a reader or a viewer. Richard Connell builds suspense in the story by making readers question what will happen next. One way Connell constructs suspense is through the description of the vast chateau. The story describes how the chateau looks. “He opened the tall spiked iron gate. The stone steps were real enough; the massive door with a leering

  • Imagery In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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    Imagery in Decay Topic: How Poe uses Imagery to further the plot in The Fall of the House of Usher Tentative thesis: Through the use of imagery Edgar Allan Poe shows a decrepit, dying family; by portraying the decay of both the house and those who reside in it Poe sets up the final fate of the two main characters in his short story. Topic sentence 1: Throughout the short story Poe uses the landscape and the very trees to give the house a supernatural life and induce horror in the reader. Subtopic

  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher Research Paper

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    The Fallout of the Usher’s Incest within families with a big reputation is a major problem in our society today. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe is a tale about the conflict between the members of the Usher family. Poe used this story to illustrate what the immense pressure of family expectations can do to the human mind. There are many elements of gothic literature used throughout this story. The first and obvious element used would be the setting of the story being in a castle

  • Symbolism In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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    Throughout “The Fall of the House of Usher,” metaphor and symbolism are heavily relied upon to express the extent of the madness that resides within the Usher House. In the short story, Poe creates a symbolic parallel between the art and stories that are seen and told. It can be implied, from a painting, in the Usher house, that Lady Madeline Usher is still alive. The reader can also imply that there is a hidden tunnel or room under the entirety of the house. “The Mad Trist” indirectly tells the

  • Suspense In The Tell Tale Heart Analysis

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    Suspense is an integral part of storytelling. Without suspense, certain stories would not create their intended effect. Edgar Allen Poe wrote many books and poems, which were all under a gothic theme. His writings were very dark and mysterious, and they all contained suspense. Poe’s novel “The Tell-Tale Heart” and his poem “The Raven” contain suspense, which is created through point-of-view, irony, and diction. The Tell-Tale Heart contained suspense created through point-of-view, irony, and diction