Lovecraft’s impact to Gothic Literature surpasses generations to come because of his unique style of writing. (“Howard Phillips Lovecraft” 1). The dark and mysterious tone of Gothic Literature changed history due to the American authors Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and H.P. Lovecraft. Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction using words to express emotions of fear and mystery.
“The Tell-Tale Heart is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest fictional short stories. It is known for its repulsive and insane homicide; a very wild and thrilling tale. Likewise, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s well-known novel, The Scarlet Letter, is famous for its directness on sexual conflict. Both writings possess similarities with regards to modified characters, connected symbolism, and significant midpoints. Due to these comparisons, it is quite certain that Hawthorne found inspiration in writing The Scarlet Letter after reading “The Tell Tale-Heart”.
Two popular fictions that follow the themes and conventions of gothic fiction are Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Guy de Maupassant’s “The Horla”. Both are short stories that embody most of the conventions that can be associated with stereotypical gothic literary fiction. Both literary works use the deterioration of the human mind and the supernatural phenomenon throughout the story, a commonly used gothic convention. Although both stories are inherently different in aspects like narration, they are both successful in demonstrating the descent of the human intellect from obsessing over the unknown which only leads to self-destruction. Fear is a guiding force in both the short stories and the fixation the main characters with it only leads to their demise.
One of the earliest sentences is “why will you say that I am mad?” and this gives a kick into the direction of people’s fear of insanity and evilness. Horror is being well shown through the defined description of the murder and the atmosph... ... middle of paper ... ...ght not fit perfectly in the gothic genre – if the reader has other opinions and is oblivious of the fact that the narrator in the story is mad. This story focuses more on the psychological instead of the supernatural, and that can be another reason to why it does not fit into the gothic genre. In conclusion, “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a well written piece of literature which does indeed fit in the gothic genre. Edgar A. Poe did an excellent job in using different techniques and bringing the ideas of a psychologically ill character into his story.
Edgar Allan Poe was a poet, short-story writer and editor; some of his best known poems include: “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Raven”. Edgar Allen Poe is among the most important authors of Dark Romanticism; his work as an editor and poet had a powerful impact on American and International Literature. He is known as the “architect” of the modern short stories and among the first analyst to focus principally on the effect of the style and structure in a literary work. Edgar Allan Poe’s literary style and themes are best known as “Gothic”. His most recurring themes deal with the questions of death and lost love.
A few of his most famous short stories are “The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell-tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, “Eleonora”, and “Annabelle Lee” (Book Rags). Some of his writing is dark and gloomy while others have romance and comedy. The first element Edgar used the most in his short stories is horror. Horror is an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting. As you are reading his poems his description often make so that you begin to feel the pain and sorrow that is happening.
The unpleasant outcome of his early years resulted in a great Gothic Romantic writer. He is a master of writing psychological thrillers, adding suspense and mystery in his stories. The topics of his writings are a concoction of unpleasant, austere, and grotesque things, thus the reader can be left feeling squeamish and susceptible. We are drawn into Poe’s stories by our intrinsic human nature of curiosity and intrigue. This paper gives examples of Poe’s literary style as we examine Roderick’s metal state through his words and appearance.
The Mind vs. the Undead The Romantic Era was a time when writers wrote with passion in relation to elements of writing such as the fantastic or supernatural, the improbable, the sentimental, and the horrifying. Edgar Allan Poe was one of the many writers who used elements such as these in his writings. Poe was famous for reflecting the dark aspects of his mind in a story, creating detailed imagery intriguing the reader. The fantastic and supernatural elements are expressed in The Premature Burial as impossible and in a sense, horrifying. The idea of people walking after their believed death is very extreme thinking in a world that seems normal.
The most common realms Poe writes about are dreams, fantasies, the subconscious, and glimpses of the afterlife. These realms cannot be directly represented since individuals cannot directly comprehend them. Poe, acknowledged for his works involving the supernatural, masters tales involving a gothic atmosphere. Poe’s darker self troubles him, and in his tales of revenge and murder, his characters mirror the conflicts of his life. Poe has a grievance; he knows he possesses a fine intellect and extraordinary ability, although he never receives the rewards, which he feels entitled.
A Cask of Amontillado, written by Edgar Allan Poe, is one of Poe’s greatest literary works. Poe is well known to write dramatic short stories and poems. However, what makes him different from other literary artists is that he has a reputation for dark, ghastly stories of deception, death, and revenge. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a remarkable short story about revenge. Famous for conveying mystery and ghasty outcomes in his work, Poe uses literary skills and his imagination to animate the bewildering effects of his so-called horror tales.