American Gothic Essays

  • American Gothic

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    impoverished migrant workers. Four years had gone by since then. I knew very little about Washington, other than that beneath its gleaming monuments and gravestones lay men with famous gleaming monuments and gravelstones lay men with famous names in American history. Sensing my ignorance, Stryker sent me out to get acquainted with the rituals of the nation’s capital.

  • American Gothic As A Subgenre Of Gothic Literature

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    2.1 American Gothic Literature “From the turn of the eighteenth into the nineteenth century and the beginnings of a distinctive American literature, the Gothic has stubbornly flourished in the United States” (Savoy 167). American Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic literature in general, so it naturally shares many of its characteristics. The big difference however, lies in influence and concepts. “There is no doubt that the Gothic as a mode or genre, much like many of its representative texts, engenders

  • american gothic design

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    surface was overflowing with knickknacks. Such displays were a means of showing off their new-found cultural interests, prosperity and status. They were also in accord with the fashionable notion that bareness in a room was in poor taste. Victorian Gothic style was zenithed in the mid-nineteenth century by those who yearned to return to the complexity of the skilled craftsmanship and design that prevailed in the Middle Ages. Architecture in the Middle Ages in northern Europe was based on arches, such

  • American Gothic Essay

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    What is America Gothic? The American Gothic movement started around the same time as the transcendentalist movement. Gothic writers unlike transcendentalist writers believed that life wasn 't all rainbows and butterflies. They saw it as a cruel and sometimes menacing place. During this time Gothic writers wrote about the true evils and that even the nicest person could have some of the worse demons. Gothic writing was usually written in mysterious and ominous tine. Most Gothic novels were filled

  • Grant Wood’s "American Gothic"

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    Grant Wood’s American Gothic is one of the most famous paintings in the history of American art. The painting brought Wood almost instant fame after being exhibited for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. It is probably the most reproduced and parodied works of art, and has become a staple within American pop-culture. The portrait of what appears to be a couple, standing solemnly in front of their mid-western home seems to be a simplistic representation of rural America. As simple

  • The Subversive History of American Gothic

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    Defining gothic literature has been a topic of debate amongst scholars for many years. Although Leslie Fielder is credited for bringing gothic criticism to the attention of others, in his 1925 article, “The Gothic Element in American Literature before 1835,” Oral Sumner Coad, addresses early gothic literary works, in which he defines gothic literature as “that kind of literature which…seeks to create an atmosphere of mystery and terror by the use of supernatural or apparently supernatural machinery

  • American Gothic Research Paper

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    day, the gothic genre has appeared sporadically in many poems, short stories, and films. Contradictory to the Age of Enlightenment, an era believed to have valued reason above all others, gothic fiction explored more of the darker aspects of human nature. The concept of a supernatural literary genre was first analyzed by English writers, such as Walpole and Radcliffe, during the transition between the eighteenth and nineteenth century (1750-1800). Although, the first known accounts of gothic literature

  • Grant Wood American Gothic

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    In Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” Grant painted an American couple standing in front a Midwestern style home. When you first look at the picture, you will be under the impression that American Gothic is a realistic painting, and in a sense this is true. Looking at the painting and then at the actual house, which was the model for the painting, it is clear Wood rendered a realistic version of the house. Similarly, Wood’s two models, his sister Nan and his dentist Dr. B.H. McKeeby, are realistically

  • American Gothic Grant Wood Analysis

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    In 1930, an artist by the name of Grant Wood painted American Gothic. The painting consists of a man and woman who happened to be brother and sister in real life. Two modes of analysis are used to compose this art analysis. A biographical analysis is used because the artist, Grant Wood, grew up and lived on a farm for most of his life in Iowa. By painting the background to look as if it were set on a farm, Grant Wood references the setting back to the time of living on the farm in Iowa. A contextual

  • Subject Placement in American Gothic, The Third of May, Acrobat’s Family, and Waterseller

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    Subject Placement in “American Gothic,” “The Third of May,” “The Acrobat’s Family,” and “The Waterseller” Besides bright or dim colors, and fine or rough brush strokes, artists use centralized composition to convey their interpretations in "The Acrobat's Family with a Monkey," "Amercian Gothic," "The Water-Seller," and "The Third of May,1808.” Grant Wood strategically places objects and characters to emphasize the central object, the pitchfork, expressing an atmosphere of unwelcomness, in

  • American Gothic in Sleepy Hollow, Ligeia and They Got a Hell of a Band

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    American Gothic in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Poe's Ligeia and Stephen King's You Know They Got a Hell of a Band America is haunted, by headless horsemen and bloody battles, by addiction and a self gratifying obsession with immortality. America has a long-standing tradition with the gothic, and some of our most widely recognized authors, such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King, a more recent author borrowed from popular literature, utilize it frequently

  • The American Gothic in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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    new genre of literature in America; the American Gothic. Already a popular genre in Europe, this new strain of literature in America arose to create a rather abrupt contrast to the Enlightenment foundations upon which American was born. Instead of concerning subjects of liberty and "the pursuit of happiness"; key elements of the American dream, American Gothic literature "embodies and gives voice to the dark nightmare that is the underside of 'the American dream'" (Savoy, 2003, pg. 167) Although

  • Comparing Gothic Elements in Fall of the House of Usher, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ligeia, and American Sl

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    Comparing Gothic Elements in Fall of the House of Usher, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ligeia, and American Slave Gothic literature has a number of conventions, including evils of horror, present of light and dark, suggestions of the supernatural, and dark and exotic localities such as castles and crumbling mansions (American). Violence in gothic literature never occurs just for the sake of violence; there is always a moral dilemma (Clarke 209). By going the extremes, a gothic author is able to accentuate

  • American Gothic Essay

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    A painting known as American Gothic was painted in 1930 by Grant Wood. It portrays a farmer with pitchfork (Grant’s dentist) and a woman (Grant’s sister) in front of a house. After Grant Wood won his competition with the painting, it became extremely well known and was often borrowed for cartoons, commercials and novels. Novels such as Gothic literature, even though Gothic literature was “invented” about two hundred years before the painting, people still somehow connected the two. Whenever people

  • American Gothic Compare and Contrast Essay

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    What do you think of when you hear the words American Gothic? If you thought of death, heartbreak, loneliness, then you are correct. The writing period of American Gothic was one that people decided to write about the other side of the happy endings. the heart breaks and the funerals and the thought of being lonely forever. They tell you about the reality of things and what the truth is, how things really happened and it doesn’t sugar coat anything. In “A Rose for Emily” Emily becomes a sad and

  • Religion as a Gothic Element in American Romanticism

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    Religion as a Gothic Element in American Romanticism American Romanticism can be strongly defined through its use of Gothic elements. Webster’s defines gothic as "of or relating to a style of fiction characterized by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent incidents" (529). Pre-American Romantic writers, such as Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards, do not tend towards the gothic in their writings of religion and religious elements. Although God is mysterious

  • Blackness and Gothic depictions in American Literature

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    American writers have expressed their political and social views through their writing by attempting to establish a voice separate from Britain’s. Their fear of individual and national failure and their thirst for power consumes them and is evident in their writing. Washington Irving and Herman Melville involve the occupation of lawyers and Justices to bring in a patriotic element to influence residents of the young country as a way to share their concerns and inspire ambition. Their usage of metaphors

  • American Gothic Grant Wood Analysis

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    using the Barthes Rhetoric of Image. I will discuss how it uses linguistic message, non-coded iconic, coded iconic, and idiolect. The image I am using is “American Gothic” by Grant Wood on page 538. I hope this painting shows the reflection of hope in the people despite the Depression. There is not a linguistic message in the “American Gothic”. The non-coded iconic I see in the portrait painting are representational two-dimensional humans standing side by side. The elements of this artwork include

  • What Is Grant Wood American Gothic

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    iconic painting, American Gothic. I will argue that the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood holds significant importance in art history due to its portrayal of American rural life during the Great Depression era, its exploration of national identity and values, and its lasting impact on American art and culture, symbolizing both tradition and modernity. The Great Depression was a severe economic downturn that burdened the United States, along with much of the world,

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    basis of this commercial art can be found in the art of the last one hundred years. Cartoons come first to mind when thinking about the different ways 20th century art have impacted modern day art and design. Long before I saw the original "American Gothic" by Grant Wood, I laughed at a portrait of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck standing together in front of a farm house with pitch fork in hand. Most cartoons seem to have an underlying humor meant to be understood by even the most articulate and intellectual