The effects of narrative point of view in Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” The novel The Turn of the Screw written by Henry James is narrated in first person by a man in the beginning who is with Douglas, the one who tells the story about the governess from the letter she sent him. Therefore the story is read by Douglas, which is narrated in first person by the governess. She tells of how there are ghosts on the property (Bly) and how they are trying to get to the children. The governess tries to protect the children from the ghosts who were former employees of the house. Having the story be told in first person can create many effects on how the story is told.
Henry James: Master of Perception Henry James cleverly played with his readers’ perceptions in The Turn of the Screw, deliberately making his story ambiguous, thus allowing the book to tell several different stories at once. It is designed to make people think about it, pull it apart and reconstruct it. Henry James writes in a purposely elusive manner, challenging readers to make their own decisions about what story the book is actually telling. Perception is not just how we see reality; it refers to a sense of awareness and understanding; a recognition or appreciation of moral, psychological or aesthetic qualities (dictionary.com). Readers of the nineteenth century had themselves a ghost story, which satisfied the fashionable fascination with Gothic horror.
Englisches Seminar Seminar: Introduction to American Studies Jasmin Dücker SoSe 2013 Tobias Ludwig Matrikel-Nr. 5610834 Essay: How do Washington Irving‘s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“ (1820) and Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Fall of the House of Usher“ (1839) incorporate supernatural events? Take into account narrator, narrative levels, plot, setting and characters. There is no doubt that the narrative perspective in John Updike‘s short story “WifeWooing“ is a very subjective one. Furthermore, the whole story seems to be about the personal emotions, impressions and thoughts of the narrator.
Susan Hill explores the theme of supernatural throughout the novel through the setting, imagery and the use of language. ‘The Woman in Black’ is a ghost story, therefore the idea of supernatural is essential throughout for the novel to work. Hill explores the theme to frighten and entertain, so that the audience can enjoy the ghost novel. The opening chapter to the novel provides the main introduction of not only the novel but also the theme of supernatural. In it the idea of a traditional ghost story is suggested which shows us forewarning for the rest of the novel.
It’s in a locked drawer.’ The fact that it is ‘written’ suggests that it is personal and therefore adds to the mystery that it is untold and holds secrets. In addition, it is in a ‘locked drawer’ which furthermore sustains the tension, connoting that the tale has been intentionally locked away for a specific reason to which is unknown to the reader. The typically Victorian gothic setting is significant to how James presents tension in the prologue. The men are telling ‘ghost stories’ in an ‘old house’. The idea of the ‘old house’ communicates that where they are contains many secrets and hidden past events unknown to them.
However, it ends with an ambiguous note; that not everything may seem as they appear. It starts off as Mr. McGregor asks Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr. Watson to investigate the haunting of his ancestral castle. The next scene is when the pair of investigators arrives at the McGregor castle and Holmes is about to remark of the ghost’s picture when she suddenly appears. My response to this scene was that there would be a possible recursion between the windows and the candle light doused out when the ghost would always make an appearance. The ghost holding the only light source in the room is a symbol that she holds the secret to finding the family’s fortune and to appease her.
Did you ever read stories full of suspense, ghosts, and mysteries? The story The Hitchhiker (by Lucille Fletcher) and In The Fog (by Milton Geiger) are both suspenseful stories with mysterious, ghost characters. The author shapes the props and sound effects, characters, settings and even the little actions so that the story is suspenseful. I am going to compare and contrast the two plays. First I am going to compare and contrast the two plays.
Writers use characters to present the supernatural as a way to create a sense of conflict in many different ways. They can use the appearance and description of their characters to create conflict in the mind of the reader because the characters are not what we expect from the story. For example, in Macbeth Shakespeare describes the witches as not looking like they should by saying, “So withered, and so wild in their attire, That look not like th’inhabitants o’th’earth, And yet are on’t?” (Banquo Act 1:3). The word ‘yet’ is a conjunction used my Shakespeare to show the conflict created by the appearance of the witches between reality and the supernatural. The witches also create conflict in the mind of Macbeth because they make him question himself and his morality.
Literature and Image: The Colors and Setting in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination. - Howard Phillips Lovecraft The Fall of the House of Usher is possibly the most famous tales of Edgar Allan Poe. First published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, is part of the set of tales of horror and gothic in which Poe is well known. The work possesses a set of characteristics typical of gothic literary genre: a haunted mansion, a landscape dark and a mysterious illness. These Gothic elements are easily identifiable, however, much of the work that inspires horror, lies in the color palette and the way the scene is presented to us.
He is advised not go to the room, yet he persists that he will not believe in a ghost until it has physical defiance. Later on the young man is faced with the ghost, and finds out that there is more to the ghost than it first appears. In this essay I will write on the area under discussion of how the two writers of Red Room, and Monkeys Paw create suspense, and tension in each of their short stories. Both Monkey’s Paw & Red Room have similarities, and differences, and are based on the theme of Gothic Horror. Gothic Horror stories are usually filled with horror, and romance, and mostly have interactions with paranormal events.