This mode of literature appears to have sprung out from Gothic architecture... ... middle of paper ... ...th possess conventions commonly demonstrated in gothic fiction surrounding setting, atmosphere and theme. Although there are significant differences between the two, it is the execution of collectively recognized themes of gothic literature that enhances their effects on the readers, the most important being the element of the supernatural as well as madness. In both stories, the characters are haunted by paranormal activity that begins to slowly consume them. Throughout the stories they then begin to deteriorate mentally which leads to their demise. The journey in which the reader is taken by observing the slow paced unraveling of their mental state is significantly defining in the overall effect of the gothic fictions.
He is initially presented as supercilious; this is implied when he says, ‘I Can assure you… it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’. As we travel deeper into the story we find out that he becomes frightened of the Red Room. In conclusion both stories share similarities and differences in some ways. They both are mysterious stories; ‘The Man with the Twisted lip’ involves a mysterious crime case and ‘The Red Room’ involves a mysterious case which has ghostly contents. Both would appeal to a Victorian audience.
‘That it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’, shows a conflict between the superstitious and the sceptical. This builds up tension as we know that in most gothic stories, the sceptical are usually the ones to get punished. The narrator is mocking these other characters, which builds suspense as we know that in the end it will be he that will be hurt. Another way in which the writer builds up tension and suspense is by writing the story in first person. This makes us feel emotionally drawn to the character.
This intellectual movement a... ... middle of paper ... ...tablished in the modern horror genre, thus it is practical to observe the archetypes of the Gothic novel as well. This allows the responders to grasp a better understanding of the origins of horror elements. It is therefore evident that the Gothic horror genre has evolved a great deal over the past two hundred years or so. The Gothic novel has affected the horror genre because of the intrigue created with the intense emotions and aspects of human nature. This as a result creates Gothic horror, similar to the horror genre but instead plays on the horrifying attributes of the radical human mind rather than the dread of the unknown and the irregular.
His perception upon different situations shows his disbelief in ghosts, “I left the door wide open… and then I shut them in”. The phrasing of this suggests that they (the old people) are in more danger than he is. From the beginning of The Tell Tale Heart, imagery is used to give a striking impact on the reader. The title uses personification upon the object of a heart which contrasts and holds the reader in an eerie suspense. Poe uses a number of gothic symbols to represent small things throughout the story meanwhile portraying the idea of death.
This explains w... ... middle of paper ... ...ned out to be a very exciting and fascinating novel. The plot was well structured and was very suspenseful. So basically we find out that Bram stoker uses gothic conventions at the right times to create a certain level of fear as well as suspense. One may argue that when Bram Stoker shows Gothic conventions throughout the novel, it determines the changes in familial and social structures taking place throughout the early eighteenth century. In his descriptions of the castle we find out that he uses many similes and personification to describe the atmosphere he generates.
There are supernatural occurrences from the very beginning of the story and they... ... middle of paper ... ...se’s Tale’ ends supernaturally and the ‘Red Room’ ends rationally. Some parts of each story I did not like, for example, in the ‘Red Room’ the old withered servants appear very old and extremely exaggerated beyond the point of seriousness, and I did not like the long-winded irrelevant points in ‘The Old Nurse’s Tale’. Overall I think the most effective story for instilling fear, tension and suspense is ‘The Old Nurse’s Tale’ as it was more easily understandable and it left a more effective ending as it left the supernatural occurrences left unexplained whereas the ‘Red Room’ provided a rational explanation for the events. I also found the story more interesting and I found the supernatural events more intense. I also found that ‘The Old Nurse’s Tale’ was generally more gothic than ‘The Red Room’ as ‘The Red Room’ was not gothic at the end of the story.
This is an effective method, as it maintains suspense throughout the story. In ‘The Signalman’, the story is also written in the first person narrative, except with the narrator being an unnamed person. This ‘... ... middle of paper ... ...about ghosts and the after life, which suggests they are a lot more sceptical towards it. To conclude, I think that each story has a very strong and emotional line of events which is very effective to all readers; especially to the Victorians. Also I would think that they saw the two stories as more of a scary horror book which contained recent worries and events which they could personally relate to.
It included the classic conventions in the setting, atmosphere and story line mainly to create an effect of suspense, tension and mystery used in the gothic genre since then. The Red Room is the more typical Gothic genre and Wells makes it clear how ancient and old fashioned everything is in the castle and includes spiral staircases, secret passages, a suspected ghost haunted room and an eerie atmosphere. Gothic literature attempts to terrify the reader and it nearly always involves the su... ... middle of paper ... ...n The Signalman descends the cutting and when, looking at the signalman whose actions are very weird and in The Red Room how the old people warn the young man not to go in the room. Suspense is also created as the signalman tells the gentleman of the weird happenings recently and in The Red Room how tension is built while he stays in the room for longer. The settings are very mysterious and quite typical of the gothic genre and are even prone to unexplainable events happening.
Ghost Stories Ghost stories revolve around lots of Spooky tales that work on displacing the reader's fear. Some of the main techniques which make them successful involve: Fear, Drama, Danger and Suspense. However, the main idea is that they create tension too. Such stories which use tension to dramatic affect are "The Red Room" by H.G. Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill; both are written in first person narrative to allow the reader to get scared along with the main character.