Through the use of literary techniques and devices, Poe has effectively conveyed thematic concerns of Gothicism. Poe’s texts explore the inept fear of the unknown, the decay of an individual’s character and the psychotic relationship between insanity and the expression and instigation of emotions. The Gothic conventions within his work complement each other and operate in conjunction to express themes related to Gothicism, as ambient setting is achieved with the aid of the Gothic conventions of supernatural motifs and reference to darkness. By creating a pastiche of forms and conventions, Edgar Allan Poe’s works are considered sublime paradigms of Gothic fiction.
In “The Tell Tale Heart” Edgar Allan Poe builds up suspense by guiding us through the darkness that dwells inside his character’s heart and mind. Poe masterfully demonstrates the theme of guilt and its relationship to the narrator’s madness. In this classic gothic tale, guilt is not simply present in the insistently beating heart. It insinuates itself earlier in the story through the old man’s eye and slowly takes over the theme without remorse. Through his writing, Poe directly attributes the narrator’s guilt to his inability to admit his illness and offers his obsession with imaginary events - The eye’s ability to see inside his soul and the sound of a beating heart- as plausible causes for the madness that plagues him.
One great American Gothic story written by Poe is The Tell Tale Heart. What makes this story Gothic/creepy is how the narrator describes the old man 's eye. Also the fact that the narrator is constantly thinking of killing the old man because of his eyes. Then again he still wants the reader to believe that he is not insane for having these thoughts. And that he has a legitimate reason behind his own crazy reasoning.
In horror literature, the degradation of a protagonist’s sense of reality is commonplace. In Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Lovecraft’s “The Temple”, and King’s “Survivour Type”, each protagonist’s rational psyche deteriorates due to their surroundings, behaviours, and emotions. The surroundings in which the narrators find themselves is the first domino of a complex web that is inadvertently knocked over, creating toppling effect within their minds that can rarely be reversed. A person’s behaviour, their actions, and/or their disposition would unequivocally affect their psyche. The narrator’s perceptions and thoughts are affected by behaviours in such a way that slowly drags them into an inescapable psychosis.
What is point of view? Point of view is “the speaker, voice, narrator, or persona of a work; the position from details are perceived and related; a centralizing mind or intelligence; not to be confused with opinion or belief “(Roberts, 119). Edgar Allen Poe’s writings use point of view to change the reader’s viewpoint of the reading. “An objective narrator is telling a terrible story objectively might be frightening, but even more frightening is a man telling without emotion the story of his own terrible crime”(Gargano, 52). In Edgar Allen Poe’s collections: The Cask of Amontillado, Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Tell Tale heart he uses the point of view to influence the readers understanding of the selections.
How Writers of 19th Century Stories Create Tension and Suspense The writers in 19th century stories create tension and suspense through the use of gothic horror. This style of writing is designed to frighten and panic and cause dread and alarm. It innovates our hidden worst fears often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Horrors effectively centre on the dark side of life, the forbidden, and the strange and alarming events. It deals with the audience’s most primal nature and its fears.
Just before he starts to tell his story, he tells Robert Walton that his story has "unparalleled misfortunes" and that he has "memories of evil" this is meant to strike fear into the reader and into Robert Walton, it shows that Victor Frankenstein is deeply horrified with what has happened to him. There is also evil in this story a... ... middle of paper ... ...ypical through out all of the book. I believe that Frankenstein is definitely a horror story and that it is also a Gothic story, because it has many features that are typical of these genres. I do not believe that they are the main genres though, as the Romantic genre is a lot more dominant in this novel. I believe that this is mainly because of the time period that it was set in, as it was written in 1818, and this was when people were starting to discard the horror genre, and they were starting to believe in nature.
The Romantic and Gothic eras of literature were ages of exploring the dark inner workings of the mind beyond rational reason.The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Imps of the Perverse " by Edgar Allan Poe delve into the effects of irrational actions fueled by characters ' emotions which often lead to drastic unintended consequences and obstruct the characters from paths to self-advancement ultimately leaving readers to question the true enemy of man: the mind. While the outside world can be a hostile environment filled with predators and disease, the mind and heart still prove to be the most deadly enemy to the cold advancement of men and women alike. Nathaniel Hawthorne intended for his novel to be a Romance novel where he could explore
Do we truly ever know if one is mad? Madness is the driving force that tears away at our souls and makes us assess our deepest nightmares. It is the fears and terrors that will tip us over the edge of this imaginative level of insanity. Edgar Allen Poe often wrote many murderous and gruesome stories that would influence the reader to contemplate the bigger ideas in life. “The Tell-Tale Heart”, written by Poe in 1843, is one of the most well known short stories from his time that explores the hidden qualities of an unknown narrator who attempts to convince the readers of his saneness.
But now there came from out the niche a low laugh that erected the hair upon my head.” Poe compares the torture with a rock. This metaphor is made to convey that Montressor wants to continue taunting Fortunato. This contributes to the horror of the story, and readers eminently recoil from Montressor’s cruel murder. In conclusion, both novels communicate themes of gothic tension and horror by the author’s use of language, diction and literary devices. These techniques help authors express and communicate tension and horror throughout the story.