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...Gothic Fiction Introduction: Gothic fiction is a special genre, which was first introduced by an English Horace Walpole with his novel “The Castle of Otranto.” The genre was later on carried forward by the authors like Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and Daphne du Maurier. The special attributes of Gothic fiction are romance as well as horror. The romance is shown in the background of horror. The horror is both physical and psychological, or inward and outward. Gothic fiction contains the story on mystery, supernatural ghosts,...
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Gothic fiction elements in the novel Jane Eyre
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...Gothic fiction elements in the novel "Jane Eyre" Jane Eyre book by Charlotte Bronte is a story set out in the earlydecades of the nineteenth century. It is a story about a female revolt who turns out to be a heroine in the search for identity. All through the novel, we observe writing in a gothic style where we see anxiety and fear of the lead character. The purpose of gothic style used in the novel is to invoke terror by coming up with mysteries that cause horror. In studying the setting of the novel in terms of location, we get to understand that the setting of the novel takes place in northern England in five different locations. And in all this five locations, we are able to comprehend...
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Literary Analysis: Yellow Wallpaper Gothic Fiction
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First of all, the author makes use of the theme of imprisonment to portray the female protagonist’s (Jane) personal life. The female protagonist knows that involvement in daily life can help to cure her illness. Allison Pease stated that “Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1891 short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator’s pleas of boredom are never taken seriously, most poignantly by the narrator herself” (27). But her husband (John) who is a physician by profession takes an authoritarian decision on her illness and forces her to lead a lonely life in a rented home. One can see that loneliness does not help the female protagonist to keep herself away...
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An Analysis of the Power of Architecture and Location in the Gothic Fiction Works The Fall of the House of Usher E. A. Poe, 1840 and The Rats in the Walls, H. P. Lovecraft, 1923: How these Factors Impact on the Reader
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...Gothic Fiction Works 'The Fall of the House of Usher' E. A. Poe, 1840 and 'The Rats in the Walls', H. P. Lovecraft, 1923: How these Factors Impact on the Reader. This essay will compare and contrast 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (Poe 1840) and 'The Rats in the Walls' (Lovecraft 1923), examining how architectural space and environment impact on the narrative and reader, and the possible psychological reasons for these responses. Other relevant works will be cited in support of the argument that the aesthetics of architecture and location are a major force in creating sensations of fear and psychological disturbance. In relation... to architecture, it may be useful to define the concept of...
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...Gothic Fiction Can Gothic fiction be dismissed as merely escapist and sensational? Refer in your answerto one or more texts studied on the course. Not too long ago, people made funny movies depicting the concept of flying as outrageous and madness. Today, we have just not flown but set our feet on the moon as well. Not too long ago Hollywood produced movies like the “Bionic man” and “Terminator.” Today we have achieved most of the fiction depicted in those movies. Then, at that time, these concepts felt ridiculous and were also dismissed by many as escapists and merely sensational but today they have become an essential part of the society- helping and developing us as human beings. Similar... ...
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3. How does Poe use setting as a Gothic element in The Fall of the House of Usher, William Wilson, and The Tell Tale Heart
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...Gothic element in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “William Wilson,” and “The Tell Tale Heart”? The American Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) has been celebrated as one of the important and innovative re-interpreters of the Gothic fiction and he makes use of setting as a central Gothic element in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “William Wilson,” and “The Tell Tale Heart”. Setting is the most characteristic element of the Gothic fiction which normally includes dusty halls, shadowy landscapes, and whispering people and the stories by Poe illustrate the significance of setting as a Gothic element. For example, Poe begins with an atmospheric description in the short story... How does Poe use setting as a...
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The Gothic Imagination
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...Gothic Imagination Gothic imagination has an incredible generative power which catches the attention of numerous readers. The fictions o this tradition is especially noted for the environment it creates taking the readers from the ordinary, commonplace world to an unimagined, extra ordinary world where they can live with the characters and fly in the wings of fantasy. Gothic can be understood as a genre in which the particular mood created helps the reader to be taken to the sublime world of imagination. It is "a literary style popular during the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. This style usually portrayed fantastic tales dealing with horror, despair, the grotesque... ...
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Gothic Literature
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...GOTHIC LITERATURE Gothic literature relates the darker side of a world of pain and destruction/ fear and anxiety which shadows the daylight world of love and ethereality. Gothic fiction, sometimes referred to as Gothic horror, is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. Influencing much of the literature that we now read as traditionally "romantic", Gothic genre was marginalized as a legitimate literary form in the twentieth century due to its critical success and reception. The origins of Gothic literature can be traced to various historical, cultural, and artistic precedents. Figures found in ancient folklore, such as the Demon Lover, the Cannibal Bridegroom... ...
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The Subject of Sexuality in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Bram Stokers Dracula
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...Gothic fiction, deviant or unusual sexuality is usually portrayed alongside torment and fear. In Gothic fiction, abnormal sexuality is usually related to mystical creatures, such as vampires or monsters. This link between the mystical and sexuality in Gothic fiction appears visibly associated with the sexual indulgence pinned on the evil spirit. Whatever the case may be, sexual distress is a psychological, emotional, and physical reaction felt by numerous audiences/readers of Gothic fiction (Sedgwick 1986, 5). As observed by Bayer-Berenbaum (1982), “Sexual excess functions physically as madness does psychologically... ?The of Sexuality in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Introduction In...
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The Subject Of Sexuality In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde And Bram Stokers Dracula
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...Gothic fiction, deviant or unusual sexuality is usually portrayed alongside torment and fear. In Gothic fiction, abnormal sexuality is usually related to mystical creatures, such as vampires or monsters. This link between the mystical and sexuality in Gothic fiction appears visibly associated with the sexual indulgence pinned on the evil spirit. Whatever the case may be, sexual distress is a psychological, emotional, and physical reaction felt by numerous audiences/readers of Gothic fiction (Sedgwick 1986, 5). As observed by Bayer-Berenbaum (1982), “Sexual excess functions physically as madness does psychologically... The of Sexuality in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Introduction In...
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English Literature Master Book Report/Review
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...Gothic fiction'. Gothic fiction forms a different genre of literature believed to have been invented by Horace Walpole who was the first writer to build up a story, 'Castle of Otranto' on this theme. Gothic fiction revolves around the fear, portraying different characters reflects the fear and horror present in the theme. The Gothic fiction combines the themes of romance and fear through the use of different characters which include tyrants, rogues, outlaws, fanatics, Byronic heroes... Fear and Romanticism and Section # of Since the English language has been formed, many literary works have contributed to the heritage of the language. These works are categorized into groups by the themes which run in...
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Discuss the Way that Two Different Gothic Fictions Represent Class
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...Gothic fictions represent I. Introduction The gothic literature is distinct because it depicts the proto-psychological intricacies and the complex interiority of the middle class’ psychological and social well-being (Kehler 437). It enunciates the anxiety of the middle class in an industrial age as he or she struggles for her place in a society that does not yet fully understand the psychology of the self (Kehler 437). This anxiety of the self as it relates to the world produced a variety of stimuli that is often externalized in the form of gore and filth as what is depicted in the gothic novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella... Discuss the way that two different...
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Austens Parody Of The Gothic Novel
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...Fiction 24.2 (Fall 2012): 325-52. Print. Ghosal Wallace, Tara. Northanger Abbey and the Limits of Parody. Studies in the Novel 20.3 (Fall 1988): 262-74. Print. Lamont, Claire. Jane Austen and the Old. The Review of English Studies 54.217 (Nov. 2003): 661-74. Print. Moore, Roger E. The Hidden History of Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Religion & Literature 43.1 (Spring 2011): 55-80. Print. Novak, Maximillian E. Gothic Fiction and the Grotesque. NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 13.1 (Autumn 1979): 50-67. Print. Ramsey, Rachel. The Literary History of the Sash Window. Eighteenth Century Fiction 22.2 (Winter 2010): 171-94. Print.... The Misplaced...
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Opposing Self Motif in the 19th Century Gothic Literature
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...gothic fiction and the authors’ main objective while sketching out doppelgangers as an alternate self. The double as an inherent part of protagonist’s psyche appeared to be uncontrollable in characteristics as well as be loathsome in appearance, which is a critical aspect that will be evaluated. This is an important analytical journey that can be initiated with the hypothesis that doppelganger was not a motif that induced horror in the novel but it projected some evil(s) plaguing the society and human psyche of that particular era. The texts selected for this research include: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis... Gothic Literature Protagonists and their Loathsome Dominating Other-...
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The Cask of Amontillado
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...gothic fiction and a tale of revenge The cask of Amontillado contains some basic ingredients of a typical gothic fiction. The atmosphere of horror and suspense, the depiction of murder and death, ominous symbols, uncanny details and abnormal characters all abound in the story to make it a gothic tale of horror and revenge. The narrator thinks that he has been wronged by Fortunato and vows to take revenge to settle his score with Fortunato. Though the injuries are innumerable, yet the narrator is motivated to retaliate due to the insult hurled upon him by Fortunato. The narrator, Montresor devises a wicked plan to satisfy his vindictive passion. The protagonist’s... ? The Cask of Amontillado: A blend of...
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Research Paper on Edgar Allan Poe and His Works
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...Gothic fiction literature. These contributions... ?Your paper should be making an argument and must have a thesis. What is it you want to say about your and his work now that you have read more texts and assessed the critical material that’s been written? How does your research fit into some of the issues we’ve discussed about the writers of this time? What’s the significance of the author’s place in the literary canon? Why? 1. Introduction Edgar Allen Poe occupies a unique place in the history of American literature for his numerous contributions to nurturing literature’s various facets. On one hand Poe was a seasoned poet having learned from his mistakes and on the other hand he was a pioneer in Gothic ...
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Twentieth Century Fiction
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...Gothic Fiction: A master List of Twentieth Century Criticism and Research. Westport, CT. BANTA Martha (1974) "American Apocalypses: Excrement and Ennui," Studies in the Literary Imagination, 7: 1-30. BROWN Herbert Ross (1940). The Sentimental Novel in America, 1789-1860. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1940; Rpt. New York: Octagon Books, Dahl Curtis (1959) The American School of Catastrophe," American Quarterly, 11: 380-390. Davis D B (1957). Homicide in American Fiction, A cram in Communal Principles. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP. DiMaggio R. S (1976) The Customs of the American Gothic Novel, Thesis Abstracts Global, 37: 308B University of Arizona Press.... Background The knack of narrative is doubtlessly antique in ...
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Fiction and Truth Essay
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...gothic fiction because... Fiction and Truth Ian McEwen is a well-known having written several novels. One notable work from his collection is the Atonement. In this novel, McEwen employees several aspects of postmodernism and the narrative technique used in the novel capture the conflict that exists between perceptions of truth and fiction. It also captures the elusiveness of memory. The novel presents rich information that enables the reader look at issues in a truth and fiction value. Death by Landscape is a tragic story written by Margaret Atwood. It is about a girl, Lois who loses a friend after going in an excursion. Lucy cannot be found. Lois is blamed for the death and she cannot cope up with...
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Features of Gothic Literature in Shirley Jackson's 'The Haunting of Hill House'
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...gothic fiction as well. The characters, in discussing the house’s history, all agree that the house has simply been waiting for someone else to come try its strength. “Essentially … the evil is the house itself, I think. It has enchained and destroyed its people and their lives, it is a place of contained ill will” (82). As the personality of the house slowly begins to invade Eleanor’s senses, she becomes a new part of it, feeling the other characters as they move through it, dancing... Gothic Elements in The Haunting of Hill House Gothic literature is characterized by its unique way of combining horror and romance to create a completely new genre that, particularly after the advent of Sigmund Freud ...
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Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic movement behing her literature
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...Gothic Fiction, Athlone Press, 1995. 9. Jane Spencer, The Rise of the Woman Novelist: From Aphra Behn to Jane Austen. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986. 10. Ann Radcliffe, 1791, A Romance of the Forest’ Oxford University Press, USA, 1999. 11&12. Leona Sherman, Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic Romance: A Psychoanalytic Approach. New York: Arno, 1980.... Ann Radcliffe Introduction The public image of Ann Radcliffe as a mad genius contrasted sharply with her ordinary domesticated life and the question remains: how did Ann Radcliffe’s life and character affect her works? Ann Radcliffe was one of the most famous writers of Gothic romance in the late eighteenth century. She...
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Female Gothic
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...Gothic The genre "gothic" has since always been closely linked to the women writers and readers. Many feminist critics have described it in the following words: "Gothics are particularly compelling fictions for the many women who read and write them because of their nightmarish figuration of feminine experience within the home."1 It was Ellen Moers who came up with the term "female Gothic"2. She used it to describe the tradition of women's writing, which she traced back to Anne Radcliffe. She said that this writing used the gothic's "paraphernalia of claustrophobic castles, villainous dominating men, and beleaguered heroines to thematize... Inserts His/her Inserts Inserts Grade 10 March 2009 Female...
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Turn of the screw
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...gothic fiction having the child taken by the ghost, or a tale of an insane lady, for it somehow provides suspicions that all apparitions were just in the governess' evil, if not psychopathic mind of which had been so possessive that it had caused the child's death. 2. What can we make of the absent uncle The absent Uncle was a person who was so busy for such obligation, so he's more than willing and very capable... What do you make of the ending The ending is ambiguous that it had managed to keep readers hanging with suspicions, having literary critics digging and pinning for more. At the very end, even the death of a character (Miles) did not lead into a definite conclusion. It could be a gothic...
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Macbeth: a film director`s approach
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...gothic fiction. Act 5, Scene 1 introduces Lady Macbeth in the throes of mental illness. I incorporate gothic fiction in this production in view of the fact that it reflects the supernatural, the horrific and the dark. The setting features a gothic styled castle, with time... ?Macbeth: A Film Director’s Approach Dabbling with evil has its repercussions. As a consequence, the minds of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become dark and diseased. “Film noir envisions a world where political disintegration and paranoia indicate a continuing disintegration” (Gazetas 157). Interior monologue or soliloquy is a technique used by Shakespeare which discloses the cogitations of a character. The bloodbaths enacted by the...
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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Fall of House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
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...Gothic fiction as both deal with the genre... English 15 November A Comparison of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Fall of House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe 1. Introduction Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne use their power of imagination and fabulous skills of writing to project the sinister and the dark side of human nature asserting that if morality preaches that goodness is inherent then evil also resides within every individual. Both the prose follows the cliche i.e. every saint is a sinner and every sinner a saint because without the other it is not humanly possible to retain the balance of this world. 2. Comparison It is observed that both the stories share some common yet...
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Elements of gothic literature
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...fiction. Gothic... Elements of gothic literature Gothic literature is motivated by terror. One of the basic elements of gothic literature is the setting. The literature is set on large old houses most of which are family estates (Smith. 7). The Legend of sleepy hollow is a story set in the country side around the Dutch settlement in 1790. It is set in a secluded town known as sleepy hollow. This creates the haunting atmosphere thus portraying a terrific scenario of ghosts in secluded environment. The second element is the plot of the literature. Most of the plots in Gothic literature seek to discover secrets in mysterious and supernatural environments thus creating an atmosphere of suspense. In the...
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Discuss the multiple theories of reading that are presented in Northanger Abbey. How might they lead us to create a theory of reading for real readers, and why might this theory be important
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...Gothic novels and is quite significant from literary aspect. ‘Northanger Abbey’, as a fiction bears the theme of difference in between reality and fantasy and puts forward a question on the thin line of difference that prevails between trust and mistrust. The novel... Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen Table of Contents Introduction 3 Multiple Theories: Importance and Utility 4 Conclusion 5 Reference 6 Bibliography 6 Introduction ‘Northanger Abbey’ is the first published novel of Jane Austen. Though, she started writing ‘Sense and Sensibilities’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ prior to the novel in discussion but ‘Northanger Abbey’ was published before these two novels. ‘Northanger Abbey’ is actually a parody of Go...
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Frankenstein as a Gothic Novel
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...gothic novel it is first of all connected with the common task of the ethical and fictional mastering of the Middle East; it actually acquires the new meaning and new functions, becomes the element of the outlook and comprehension of reality. “Frankenstein turns out to be one major apogee of the Gothic's development from the Walpolean ghosts of older ghosts to the ghost-like representation and sequestering of the abject”( Hogle 179). English gothic novel impacted the subsequent epoch of English romanticism, the tradition of “gothic” fantasy was clearly reflected in the writing of Mary Shelly. The importance of settings If the topic we raise... ?Outline Introduction 2. The main elements of a gothic novel...
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Defend Frankenstein as a Gothic Novel
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...Gothic Tradition). The fantasy and romanticism in Frankenstein It was assumed before that Frankenstein went beyond the gothic novel as it formed together with Walter Scott’ s writings the romantic novel structure against the background of the wide spreading of poetry. “Critics have argued that Frankenstein is a protest against Romantic titanism, against themasculine aggressiveness that lies concealed beneath the dreams of Romantic idealism” (Fisch and Mellor, 1993, p. 89). However, it is important to take into account that the novel was created at the turn of three ethical systems: Enlightenment, gothic and romanticism and structurally...
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Unmasking Victorian Monsters
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...Gothic Monster and Victorian Morals The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) by H. G. Wells, and Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker are all examples of Gothic fiction. The following discussion will focus on the monster or monsters in each of these three novels. The monsters similarities and differences will be considered; whether it is their actions or their appearance that makes them monsters will be examined, and the Victorian social taboos that the novels and their monsters address will be identified. Despite sharing a genre and being published within eleven years of one another the novels, on a superficial consideration... of...
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Close Reading
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...Gothic fiction as a whole. This paper will look... December 7 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Close Reading In 1818, a young woman wrote a disturbing scientific horror novelwhich has since become a seminal part of English-language literature. A story set within many narrative frames, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, follows the entwined stories of Victor Frankenstein (a medical student who stumbles across the secret of life) and the tragically human monster he creates from corpse parts. With carefully-chosen language, evocation of the Other, and the asking of deep thematic questions, Shelley envelopes the reader in a misty, doubt-filled haze which characterizes the many-layered story as well as...
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Defend Frankenstein as a Gothic Novel
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...gothic novel it is first of all connected with the common task of the ethical and fictional mastering of the Middle East; it actually acquires the new meaning and new functions, becomes the element of the outlook and comprehension of reality. “Frankenstein turns out to be one major apogee of the Gothics development from the Walpolean ghosts of older ghosts to the ghost-like representation and sequestering of the abject”( Hogle 179). English gothic novel impacted the subsequent epoch of English romanticism, the tradition of “gothic” fantasy was clearly reflected in the writing of Mary Shelly. The importance of settings If the topic we raise... Outline Introduction 2. The main elements of a gothic novel...
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Discuss the way setting contributes to tone, characterization, and/or theme in the short stories
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...gothic fiction due to its gothic settings. Both these short stories have nothing in common, except that both of them employ the subject of feminism, the former obviously and the latter vaguely. In “Hills like White Elephants” (Hemingway 1). Hemingway vaguely points to the controversial... ENG 231 L04 October 22, Comparing the settings in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Hills like White Elephants” “Hills like White Elephants” is a typical short story by Ernest Hemingway bordering around his favorite themes of sadness and bewilderment. The Yellow Wallpaper, on the other hand, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is classified in the genre of American feminist literature, which is also considered to come under...
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...Gothic Fiction Works ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ E. A. Poe, 1840 and ‘The Rats in the Walls’, H. P. Lovecraft, 1923: How these Factors Impact on the Reader. This essay will compare and contrast ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (Poe 1840) and ‘The Rats in the Walls’ (Lovecraft 1923), examining how architectural space and environment impact on the narrative and reader, and the possible psychological reasons for these responses. Other relevant works will be cited in support of the argument that the aesthetics of architecture and location are a major force in creating sensations of fear and psychological disturbance. In relation... to architecture, it may be useful to define the concept of...
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The Fall of the House of Usher
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...gothic elements and strange happenings in life. Still, some s like Edgar Allan Poe go beyond the limits of gothic fiction and enter the realm of psychological thrillers. To be specific, psychological thrillers combine gothic elements and human psychology and entertain human minds. Besides, Poe leads the readers towards the secrets hidden inside the layers of human mind. So, Poe’s literary craftsmanship is beyond the scope of traditional mode of storytelling. One can see that Poe’s works help the readers to analyze the problems faced by the characters from a different angle of view. Thesis statement: The Fall of the House... ?The Fall of the House of Usher The legendary usually exploit human fear of...
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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
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...Gothic fiction or horror, Southern Gothic, literary fiction, or modernism (Faulkner 8). Prior to seeing the forty-year-old corpse of Homer Barron rotting in the bed, the sinister Miss Emily, or the eerie house; we must admit that we are in the realm of Gothic fiction or horror. Given that the setting of this story is southern, it is therefore evident that it is not only a Gothic but a Southern Gothic. The southern Gothic genre focuses on the following: sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly – on slavery or repercussion of slavery in South and this very evident in “A rose...  A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Introduction “A rose of Emily” is a short story that was written by American author well known a...
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Short Story- Literature
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...gothic fiction genre is reinforced in the novel as it lays emphasis on the mysterious and old buildings. Peter Barry contributed immensely towards literary theory. In his book, as he indicate the timeless nature of literature. He also emphasized the logical consequence in literature, as it contains inherent meaning within itself. He indicated that literature traverses socio-political situations... Short Story- Literature Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” is known to be one of the most controversial and puzzling literary work. The literary work encompasses great energy and intelligence. As one reads the novel, Henry James’ conception of psychological disturbance and awareness of evil is explicitly...
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The Adventure of the German Student
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...Gothic Enlightenment to deconstruct the Gothic tale and show the weaknesses of the Gothic tale. The end. Works Cited. Andriano, Joseph. Our Ladies of Darkness: Feminine Daemonology in Male Gothic Fiction. USA: Penn State Press, 1993. Punter, David. A Companion to the Gothic. UK: Oxford, 2000. The Adventure of the German Student by Irving Washington. 1 Jan 2005. Russell Tayler. 14 May 2007. .... Using Gothic Enlightenment to read The Adventure of the German The Adventure of the German was written by Irving Washington (1783 - 1859). It is an example of early American Gothic Enlightenment. This short story is about Wolfgang, a German student's encounter...
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The Cask of Amontillado
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...Gothic fiction, with haunted castles, eerie sounds, grotesque imagery and enclosed spaces were all part of Poe's mastery of the genre. In 'The Cask of Amontillado", with metaphor, allusion and irony, and the reality of "the colossal support of the roof of the catacombs,backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite" (Poe, 1094) he created horror, murder, madness and revenge. The victim, narrator and reader are enclosed in a sequence of ever-mounting fear and tension, to the final entrapment. Poe used the device of enclosures to force the confrontation of the deepest human fears; death... Poe's Use of Enclosures, Literal and Figurative in The Cask of Amontillado (1846) The devices of...
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Analysis of the American Literature
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...gothic literature or gothic fiction. Poe had great talent for writing spine-tingling and terrifying tales; and that is why most of his writings currently are classified under horror stories. Another factor that distinguished him is his incredible imagination and mad sense of style, which vividly allowed him to paint unforgettable scenes and images through words. Example of his literature style is demonstrated in the book The Masque of the Red Death that is ranked among the most horrific and colorful of his stories. Apart from his books... Analysis of the American Literature Analysis of In Young Goodman Brown by Hawthorne's Most short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne have characters that are...
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Fiction genre
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...fiction and fantasy. April 8. Retrieved from: http://davidbrin.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/the-difference-between-science-fiction-and-fantasy/ Cooper, A. (2010), Gothic Realities; The Impact Of Horror Fiction In Modern Culture, New York: McFarland. Hunt, P., & Lenz, M. (2005). Alternative world of fantasy fiction. New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group. Joshi, S. (2001), Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction, Liverpool; Liverpool University Press. Luckhurst, R. (2005). Science fiction. Cambridge: Polity. O’Keefe, D. (2004), Readers in Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds Of Fantasy Fiction, New... ? Fiction Genre Fiction Genres It is argued that all fictions are genres based. However,...
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Fiction analysis
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...Fiction Other than that they are both written by female about roughly the same geographical region of the country, there would seem to be very little in common between Kate Chopin's 1893 short story "Desiree's Baby" and Flannery O'Connor's 1955 story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Chopin's story is very short, telling the story of a young woman of unknown background and the three months or so following the birth of her baby with her husband Armand. The baby is clearly a quadroon, an individual of mixed racial blood, which causes her husband to turn away from her until she disappears, with her child, into the swamps near their home. O'Connor's story tells of a family of six - a father... Comparing Fiction ...
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To what extent can the Gothic genre be understood as reaction to Enlightenment ideals of reason, harmony and social progress
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...Gothic’, ‘Victorian Gothic’, ‘female Gothic’ etc. the very word “Gothic” can been synonymous with ‘wild’, ‘barbarous’ and ‘crude’ characteristics (Botting, 1). The term in fact encompasses Gothic imagination, Gothic characteristic and a lack of awareness for science and technology. A future characterized by Gothic genre would be signified by a fiction depicting the dark future or an oncoming dark age. Some of the most dominant instances are the characters of Frankenstein and the Dracula. Keeping in mind the basic Gothic components, the paper picks up three novels, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and Castle... ?To what extent can the Gothic genre be understood as reaction to...
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Research on Author Bram Stoker
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...gothic fiction. The novel Dracula represents the conflict between scientific reasoning and human belief in supernatural elements. Furthermore, the novel represents... ? Research on Bram Stoker Bram Stoker, world renowned for his gothic novel Dracula, was an Irish short story novelist. As an Bram Stoker symbolizes the gothic novel genre in English Literature. The usage of history and supernatural factors provide rich flavor of gothic elements to his works in general. Besides, his interest in occultism deeply influenced his literary career as the author of horror novels. His interest in science and medicine helped him a lot to be far ahead of his contemporary writers. For instance, he made use of European...
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The Similarities and Differences of the Female Characters
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...gothic fiction in the novel by making Catherine’s character an archetype of a novel fanatic, who considers herself as a heroin and sees the real world like the world in fiction. Brown and Austen’s passion in writing is manifested in their ability to make a romantic story... ?The Similarities and Differences of the Female Characters in Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland or the Transformation and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey Although Charles Brockden Brown’s novel, Wieland or the Transformation, was published in 1798, its feminine characters are worthy of comparison to Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey, which was published in 1803. Both Brown and Austen’s novels offer portrayals of women in romantic...
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Jane Eyre
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...gothic fiction ideas, for example, when Jane tells about Bertha. It displays her as a vampire yet Bertha is merely a woman from Jamaica who is insane. The author must have incorporated this in the narrative to create a thrilling ambience and make the reader feel frightened. The author also incorporated the genre of a child who matures and concentrates much on her encounters and how the experiences inflame her growth to an adult. This we see when Jane grows from an orphan who is not beautiful, poor and lacks social class. We see she loses her parents and the relatives take her. The relatives... English Literature: Jane Eyre There is genre fluidity in Charlotte Bronte’s narrative “Jane Eyre”. As we can...
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Journalistic fiction
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...Gothic style in the literature of that years, along with such well-known writers as Harper Lee, William Faulkner, Carson McCullers and Tennessee Williams. The main lines of in his work are considered to be - fiction and documentary. Which he that put together to create the complicated journalistic fiction out of these two already known styles. Summing up the author’s biography we can say that Truman Capote was a famous writer and a journalist who is also known as the ‘inventor’ of the ‘New Journalism’ – a new style... Creative Writing Journalistic fiction Here is the debatable question: to what extent does Truman Capote combines ‘the creditability of fact, the immediacy of film, the depth and freedom of...
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Comparative analysis of the stories written by Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Gillman and Hoffman
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...gothic fiction to capture the readers mind and trouble their psychological dimensions through this story. Hoffman in the story, the sandman, engages the readers mind to develop... Comparative Analysis Essay Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Gillman and Hoffman, all share certain trends in their stories. These writers believe in engaging the readers mind into the world of the characters’, in the story, psychological dynamics. Poe in “William Wilson” uses the doppelganger character to explain the narrator’s mind. Gillman in “the yellow wallpaper” uses the same technique but in the form of an imaginary woman on a wallpaper. Hoffman, on the other hand, uses “the sandman to trouble the reader’s mind in trying to...
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Death and fate
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...Gothic fiction thus presenting an allegory of death and fate. It is therefore important to study and know how different societies deal with death and the meanings behind their actions. Death in Different Societies Over the years, the mystery of death have stunned many individuals and because no one knows what happens when after death, different societies have come up with tales on the origin of death, causes of death and implications of death. Different people have different believes on death, but the vast majority view death as a form of punishment from a supreme being usually referred to as ‘god’ or ‘the ancestors’. Very few people have embraced the...
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Shirley Jackson
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...gothic fiction, as Devedra Varma... SHIRLEY JACKSON INTRODUCTION Analyzing Shirley Jackson's literature, Stanley Hyman asserts, "her fierce visions of dissociation and madness, of alienation and withdrawal, of cruelty and terror, have been taken to be personal, even neurotic fantasies" (Hyman, 4). Throughout her literature, Shirley Jackson transforms those images into meaningful general symbols. Her lifelong interest and concern was to explore and delineate the many incognitoes of death and life. Everything in Jackson's literature seems to points out author's preoccupation with dread and death theme: the subtle dissections of the self, the severity of tone, the picaresque plots, the nightmarish...
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