Using locations such as the heath, creates a sense of isolation and secrecy, and highlights the fact that the witches are separated from the rest of the characters and society. This is a common association with witches, who in Elizabethan times were regarded as social outcasts. Furthermore, the themes of isolation and loneliness that are emphasised here are key elements that conform to the gothic genre. In addition, the witches are surrounded by “thunder and lightning”, which produces a dark and violent mood at the beginning of the play. Shakespeare has employed pathetic fallacy, as the wild weather foreshadows the unnatural events that are going to occur.
Didion provides an imitation of human behavior during a state of panic by using the Santa Ana winds as a symbol for the general fear or worry that leads humans to act aberrantly. Didion uses various paradoxes in her physical description of nature anticipating the Santa Ana winds. “The Pacific turned ominously glossy during a Santa Ana period, and one woke in the night troubled not only by the peacocks screeching in the olive trees but by the eerie absence of surf” (Didion lines 20-23). Didion writes in an eerie tone to redefine this “calm before the storm” as a dangerously deceitful appearance. The “ominously glossy” Pacific Ocean appears brightly exposed, but it is assumed to be very dark and mysterious.
At the end, he unintentionally calls the Devil and is whisked away by The Devil ending the story. Another element of gothic literature that can be found in “The Devil and Tom Walker” is a gloomy and depressing setting. The setting in gothic literature is often cold, dark, and gloomy. The setting in this story is one of the best possible settings use as example of gothic literature because it has all of these elements. “The swamp was thickly grown with great gloomy pines and hemlocks, some of them ninety feet high; which made it dark at noonday,
In Didion’s essay she uses gloomy, ominous imagery to portray the negative outcomes that occur due to the Santa Ana winds and their mechanistic control on human behavior. “The Indians would throw themselves into the sea when the bad wind blew.” “The Pacific turned ominously glossy.” These images depict a very gloomy mood, the winds had such a
Madness and Mayhem are very much represented in Macbeth. The Madness comes to life in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s minds and is significantly exposed to the outside, where Mayhem has erupted and caused chaos and violent confusion. Madness and Mayhem is shown differently again in the text Firestorm. The Madness is revealed when Ben Masters has a life threatening decision to make, whether to stay and fight or flee and survive. The Mayhem is what the fire is doing to his house, his family and his livelihood.
“Brilliantly lit by the full moon”. The moon sheds an eerie light over the most suspenseful moments. The full moon, in terms of superstition, is the time when evil beings, often in the shape of deformed men or commit their most terrible acts, so it almost foreshadowing that something evil will happen tonight. The weather in both texts are used similarly to set the tone in the rest of the scene or chapter, thus using pathetic fallacy. By doing this we can already see that evil and villainy is bound to happen.
In comparison, Aeolus used his own trident to puncture a hole in the mountain in which he kept the winds. Vergil again uses similar language as Homer in describing the winds, noting how they form a hurricane and “blot out the sky and daylight from the Trojan’s eyes as darkness broods down on the sea” (Vergil I:88). Homer, almost identically in fact, recalls how Poseidon sent “a wall of rain to blot out land and sea in torrential night” (Homer V). Perhaps an even more significant parallel is the feeling of impending doom both heros experience during their time at sea. In an adaptation of Vergil’s work, the author notes how “every sign potend[s] a quick death for mariners” (Fitzgerald).
“If it were not for God's restraints, there are, in the souls of wicked men, hellish principles reigning which, presently, would kindle and flame out into hellfire (Edwards 1).” "The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present. If God should only withdraw his hand from the flood-gate, it would (Edwards 2).” Early in the year 1692, in the small Massachusetts village of Salem, a collection of girls fell ill, falling victim to hallucinations and seizures. In extremely religious Puritan New England, frightening or surprising occurrences were often attributed to the devil. The unfathomable sickness spurred fears of witchcraft, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem, began to accuse other villagers of consorting with devils and casting
This is a good example of darkness imagery because when crashing thunder, lightning and rain come to mind, they all remind you of evil and ominous things. There is also a total reversal of values shown by the use of oxymoronic language. In act 1, scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo come across the witches and when Banquo says