"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a great example of a story on the basic level of a gothic horror, in which the element of fear is evoked in its highest form. There are many different elements, such as setting, feelings, themes, and characters, that play an essential role in suggesting this. One of the greatest aspects of Poe's writings is that he makes the reader actually experience the feelings of his characters. As in many "scary stories" the characters start doubting themselves and those around them. Everyone has been in a situation where they know something is not quite right and immediately paranoia sets in.
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.
Though both genres will frighten the audience, it will happen in two different ways. Whether the horror thrills or the thriller horrifies, a scare is always incorporated. Horror movies attempt to make the audience experience fear, dread, disgust or terror. The plots often involve the supernatural and fantasy world giving the audience the reassurance that what is being seen is not truly existing. Horror movie plots are often than not, predictable.
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.
The mood of the story is one of horror that is set up by visual and aural stimulation and is well used in the tale of Roderick Usher. As in many of Poe's stories, the colors and images that describe the setting and characters are not only visually stimulating but carry dark connotations that give the story‚s horror more depth and feeling. The tale of the narrator‚s trip to the House of Usher begins with an eerie depiction of the building and its surroundings, the overview of the setting, "a scene in which decay and death are the presiding elements" (P.Quinn 85). In "A Key to the House of Usher," Darrel Abel notes that the description of the setting serves two purposes: ...to suggest a mood to the observer which makes him properly receptive to the horrible ideas which grow in his... ... middle of paper ... ...g of fright and shock. "If ever a mortal painted an idea, that mortal was" (21) Edgar Allen Poe.
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.
Similarly, The Cask of Amontillado, is set in a confined, discreet location inside the abandoned house of Montressor, the main antagonist. As the two characters descend down the stairs of the vaults,... ... middle of paper ... ...s such as shriek, leaped and drag escalates the tone of the story and the fact that the he kills ‘in an instant’ shows horror. Unlike the Tell Tale Heart, the main character of the Cask of Amontillado prolongs Fortunato’s death, making him suffer. “I struggled with its weight; I placed it partially in its destined position. 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.
The story is so horrifying because of the use of suspense, the source of the horror and the fact that some of the events are believable. Suspense is a crucial literary element in a horror story. Every horror fan is familiar with suspense. Suspense is used to keep the reader on edge am it makes them want to
Similarities Between Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock Fear, terror and suspense are the most vivid emotions created by Poe's stories and by Hitchcock's films. Several themes are common to both: the madness that exists in the world, the paranoia caused by isolation which guides people's actions, the conflict between appearance and reality along with the double aspect of the human nature, and the power of the dead over the living. Not only the themes are similar in both men's work but also the details through which a story is written or shown. The similar themes and narrative techniques can be seen clearly in "The Fall of the House of Usher" and in Psycho. For both Poe and Hitchcock, madness exists in the world.
Edgar Allen Poe: A 19th Century Genius or Literary Lunatic? Confusion, fear, wonderment, shock and horror—just a few words of many to describe the emotions Edgar Allen Poe’s tales are known to elicit. Critics say that Poe was well ahead of his time in his ability to examine the human psyche and create characters that really make the reader think, if not recoil in horror. One particular theme Poe quite often repeats is that of madness and insanity. He is known for his wonderfully twisted tales involving such characters as an unstable brother with a mysterious ailment (The Fall of the House of Usher,) a methodical murderer (The Tell-Tale Heart,) and an enraged, revenge seeking, homicidal maniac (The Cask of Amontillado.)