He created the mark by raking his claws across their flesh, or by making a red or blue bump using a hot iron; sometimes the mark was believed to have been left by the Devil licking them. To some extent witches are seen as significant within Shakespeare’s Macbeth for many different reasons; the core reason is due to their direct link with the gothic which is portrayed by the witches through supernatural means such as curses and spells. One reason as to why the witches are significant is due to their representation of the gothic. They can be seen as representing forces of evil, supernatural elements and manifestation of human desires; all of which are typical gothic conventions. The idea of the witches representing manifestation of human desires is a key element as they can be seen as the “alcohol” that “hinders performance”; they stimulate Macbeths desire to be king to such an extent that his own “black” desires cause his ultimate demise.
Rebecca (1940) is a typical Noir film directed by the famous Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock. The film is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel of the same name. It is a gothic tale about the lingering memory of the title character, Rebecca, Maxim de Winter's dead first wife, which continues to haunt Maxim, his new bride, and Mrs. Danvers. As a typical Noir film, Rebecca has several characteristics of this genre. The first one is the portrait of Rebecca, a typical the femme fatale.
Many people were taken in by this nineteenth-century writer’s harsh outlook on life in his work. One is capable of only imagining the things that Edgar Allan Poe has, throughout his deeply saddening and depressing time here on earth, brought to life in his writing by simply printing in words different sections and scenarios of his ambiguous life. Edgar A. Poe lived a very somber orphan life which later became the foundation to the origin of his gothic nature and writing. Poe is recognized as a genius who reinvented the gothic tale of mystery and horror for his time (Introduction 1). Poe placed the reader inside the tortured minds and lives of people confronting the supernatural.
The presentation of such creatures however, has morphed over time. Stoker relies heavily on the conventions of Gothic fiction, a genre that was extremely popular in the early nineteenth century. Gothic fiction traditionally includes elements such as gloomy castles, sublime landscapes, ‘Of bell or knocker there was no sign. Through these frowning walls and dark window openings it was not likely my voice could penetrate’. ‘Dracula’ contains all of the criteria of for a Gothic novel.
The description of this London fog is an allusion to Charles Dickens, “A Christmas carol”, a particularly famous ghost story, and also other Victorian novels. Hill is deliberately trying to evoke the feeling of a Victorian ghost story. The fog is unnerving, sinister and malevolent, it makes the familiar things become disturbing and puts the reader in an unfamiliar world. In this chapter Susan Hill uses techniques of foreshadowing in her description of the fog as the sea frets that appear at Eel Marsh House whenever Arthur hears the phantom cries of the 'shabby pony and trap' and passengers screaming and drowning in the marshes. The word 'shabby' is used because the pony has been used for this particular job a lot.
In Gothic writing, women are presented as either innocent victims or sinister predators or are significantly absent. Consider the place of women in Gothic writing in the light of this comment: 2500-3000) Guiltless individuals, devilish seductresses or merely not being significant whatsoever are some of the very few attributes women are presumed as in Gothic literature, highlighting women’s actually position in society as to what role they actually play. This type of fiction was a popular tradition developing from the 18th century onwards which includes conventions of the underground, the unspoken taboo as well as concepts from evil in the human mind. Elements that tend to be popular within gothic literature range from Sadomasochism, melodrama, exoticism, transgression and even alienation. Whether woman are perceived as weak and feeble victims, or sinister seductresses (or not included at all), writers of this genre present this gender to the audience as either of these options which makes us question how innocent are women?
In the most important aspects of Frankenstein; Frankenstein is compelling in and of itself. This book has stories that surround other stories, setting them up in one way or another. Frankenstein is a gothic novel that focuses on mysterious or supernatural features. It takes place in dark, often exotic settings. Readers feel uneasy and in terror after reading the novel.
The turn of the screw has been classified in different genres, but this it is mostly a Gothic horror. Once the person starts reading this tale he/she can realize that since the beginning it is surrounded by a mysterious environment. The gothic horror is an important genre of literature that combines both horror and mystery. The effect of gothic fiction depends on a pleasing sort of terror. Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror, both psychological and physical, a mysterious aura surrounding places, objects and even characters, giving darkness, madness, secrets, decay and death; supernatural phenomena that includes curses, ghost and nightmarish visions, among other characteristics.
The only love that is epitomized in the novel is that of the self, which proved to be perhaps its most gothic aspect. However it does consist of many classic gothic elements. One of its most striking devices is the gothic atmosphere that surrounds the novel on instances such as when Dorian is taking Basil to the room where he hides the notorious painting and the light from the lantern causes shadows on the walls and the wind rattles the windows. Another instance is when Dorian tries to visit the opium den; “A cold rain began to fall, and the blurred street-lamps looked ghastly in the dripping mist. The public-houses were just closing, and dim men and women were clustering in broken groups round their doors.
Though this story has moments of dark comedy, it also makes use of numerous elements of gothic literature. First of all this story contains several things that foreshadow evil. It begins by mentioning buried pirate treasure in the area to get the reader thinking about what ill-adventures may be experienced in the search for it. The setting in a dark swampy forest is very gloomy especially when