Gothic Lit Essay

289 WordsMar 13, 20142 Pages
Where did it all start? The Gothic tradition -some calling it The Dark Side of Individualism- all began with one story, “The Castle of Otranto” by Horace Walpole. It is characterized by dark gloomy settings and a grotesque mysterious violent event(s), with reference to a decaying atmosphere. Two important American gothic writers who prospered from this time period were Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner who both included elements from this genre. ”The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner can be compared by looking at the setting and the mood which relate to the gothic genre. To start, “A Rose for Emily” begins with a dreadful funeral setting, Then describes the house. Faulkner states, “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white… set on what had once been our most select street.” This shows that this house has been around for many, many years because Faulkner describes it as once being white and the street is no longer pleasant like back in the day. This type of description is typical in gothic literature because it shows decay. In almost the same manner, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe , aksi describes a gothic setting, Poe states, “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season.’’ This shows that the twilight hour almost among them during a carnival; this can indicate a happy plot, but we all know that there are seldom happy moments in the gothic genre. The words “once been” and “madness” can indicate the gothic nature of the story. They may not start out in a gloomy setting but the gothic writing always ends in

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