The features of Gothic fiction are both psychological and physical. They tend to play with a person’s mind and psyche. The features that can be found in Gothic fiction are supernatural features such as ghost, secrets and curses passed down over generations. Architecture plays a large role in Gothic fiction. It is the haunted houses, castles, and medieval gardens.
His work was famous for gothic mystery. The story focuses on two main characters; Montresor, the narrator, and Fortunato as the unfortunate victim. The narrator introduces his adversary immediately in a disdainful tone in the opening of the story, and without haste suggests Fortunato’s demise. Poe uses symbology to provide the story with a dark and sinister environment. The tone of Montresor in the beginning is important in that it attracts the reader’s attention to a mysterious plot.
Overtime, the novel has become synonymous with gothic literature. “Frankenstein revolutionized the genres of gothic literature … and horror stories” (Mazzeno). Frankenstein exemplifies powerful Gothic elements such as: environment and weather reflecting emotions, a sense of mystery and suspense, supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events, and an unreliable narrator. One of the most iconic and crucial elements of gothic writing in Frankenstein is the way in which Victor’s environment reflects the dark and lonely emotions he experiences throughout his tragic journey. The use of this literary technique first shows when Victor becomes enthralled in his attempt to create a living being.
Why Dracula is a Gothic Novel The horror story Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, is a thrilling novel about the notorious vampire, Dracula, and about a group of men and women who suffered from his evil and fought back. This novel, written in 1897, is one of the most famous gothic novels, and one of the most famous pieces of literature still to this day. The setting of the novel, the terminology, and the deep emotion that Stoker used allows the reader, and literary critics, to classify Dracula as Gothic Literature. The elements that Dracula contains to make it gothic include the setting of a castle, a suspenseful atmosphere, dreams and visions, inexplicable events, overwhelming emotions, distressed women, metonymy of horror, and of course gothic vocabulary. For a novel to be considered gothic, it must contain certain elements; Dracula reflects many of these unique principles.
Gothic Characteristics of Edgar Allan Poe’s ”The Black Cat” In this short essay I intend to collect the most important Gothic features of Poe’s short story, The Black Cat. However, the definition of the literary Gothic is not at all unified. Hence, I would like to discuss first the possible determinations which we can use in analyzing The Black Cat. The Gothic fiction is often defined by its stock devices and its use of a particular atmosphere for essentially psychological purposes. It attempts to immerse the reader in an extraordinary world in which ordinary standards and moral judgments become meaningless and good and evil are seen as inextricably intertwined.
With his tale of corrupt patriarchy filled with mystery, romance, and tragedy, Horace Walpole bridged the gap between the wantonly romantic and the excessively realistic (Scott 11); filling the space with dark settings, stark characters and tangled narratives. It was the sum of all these parts that became the formula that is still followed today by writers of the genre. This essay will outline various elements of the typical gothic novel, and the way in which they are associated with excess in the themes, characterisation, and style of writing. In doing so, the differences in the techniques used in Walpole’s novel Castle of Otranto, and M.R James’s short story Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad, will be identified and discussed. The primary objective of Gothic novelists is to rouse the reader into eliciting emotional responses such as shock or fear (Hume 284).
Those feelings of sadness, anger, and loneliness that the narrator feels had started to gradually turn into madness as the days went by. In the end of the story everything goes wrong. The house of Usher falls and crumbles to the ground. The Fall of the House of Usher holds the tale, how one man struggles losing his loved ones from Tuberculosis and shows Gothicism. When the narrator is riding towards the house, he suddenly gets these feelings that he did not enjoy.
Is Frankenstein a Gothic Story? Can Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” be classified as a Gothic Story? Gothic Literature has multiple elements. The “Frankenstein” text is well written and Shelley uses different Gothic Elements to prove that it is a Gothic text; she uses distinctive diction to create fear and horror and has a staggering way of portraying the setting of the story. The first Gothic Element is setting which is a key aspect in the story; the setting is a unique part of the story because it states the time, place, and circumstances in which a novel takes place, and often it is dark and menacing, to reflect the mood of the novel.
An unnamed narrator arrives at the House of Usher, a very creepy mansion owned by his boyhood friend Roderick Usher. Roderick has been sick lately, afflicted by a disease of the mind, and wrote to his friend, our narrator, asking for help. The narrator spends some time admiring the awesomely spooky Usher edifice. While doing so, he explains that Roderick and his sister are the last of the Usher bloodline, and that the family is famous for its dedication to the arts (music, painting, literature, etc.). Eventually, the narrator heads inside to see his friend.
He goes on to reason within himself how such an ordinary objects could depress a soul in such a way as the “Usher” mansion had done with him. Roderick was emotionally and physically depressed and was described as a madman more accurately as the story reaches a close. He was convinced that his whole surroundings, the stones of the house, the fungi, the water in the tarn, and the very house in its entirety was woven into a single physical entity with the family, condensed, as it were, into one atmosphere-the special atmosphere which seemed to be created solely as a place for the Ushers to live. And it was this atmosphere which had molded the destinies of demise for his