Dark House Essays

  • Creative Story: The Dark House

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    The Dark House by Tom-Inge Earlier today, John and I were taking a walk in the outskirts of the town, when we saw an old house on top of a hill. I wanted to take a closer look at it, but John looked a little spooked, and mumbled something about not wanting to go there. I convinced him that there was nothing to be afraid of, it's just an old house which haven't been occupied for a while, though I wasn't sure whether someone really was living there. We walked up the driveway, up to the house. It

  • The Dark Side of Judge Pyncheon in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel, The House of the Seven Gables

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    The Dark Side of Judge Pyncheon in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel, The House of the Seven Gables People in society live in a masquerade. Everyone wears a decoratively adorned mask that displays beauty, purity, and service. However, behind the mask lies on the inside of all society. One will stop at nothing in order to be well liked, thus becoming hypocrites. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The House of the Seven Gables, the narrator uses intense diction, a vivid selection of detail, and a shocking

  • Boogeyman

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    Boogieman Boogeyman opens with one of the most effective scare sequences in recent memory, one that recalls us to the fears of childhood and sets the tone for the rest of the picture. In the traditional old, dark house, eight-year-old Timmy (Caden St. Clair) is in bed, too scared to sleep. Commonplace items in the room take on a sinister appearance until he turns on his bedside lamp, revealing the hulking shape across the room to be just a chair strewn with clothes and sporting equipment. But when

  • James Joyce's Dubliners

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    Dubliners In the story Dubliners by James Joyce, he writes about a few different themes, some of these being autonomy, responsibility, light, and dark. The most important of the themes though must be the individual character in the story against the community and the way they see it. I have chosen to take a closer look at “Araby,” “Eveline,” and “The Dead” because the great display of these themes I feel is fascinating. Many things affect the way the individual characters see the community

  • Connotative Dreams in Sabato's The Tunnel

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    first of Castel’s dreams occurs while Maria is away at the estancia and ends up illustrating his chaotic emotions and confused adoration for her. Castel is in a weakened state and is frantically awaiting Maria’s return. He envisions being within a dark house which he feels he had “known and infinitely desired”(88) since his youth. He feels comforted in this residence because it is something definite, understood, and established. Castel lacks these feelings of stability in his life because he devoutly

  • Violence In Wuthering Heights Research Paper

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    Lockwood. Lockwood rents a fine house and park called Thrush cross Grange in Yorkshire, and gradually learns more and more about the histories of two local families. This is what he learns from a housekeeper, Ellen Dean, who had been with one of the two

  • James Joyce's Dubliners - Adolescent Initiation Portrayed in Araby

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    isolation. He can think of nothing but his love for her: "From the front window I saw my companions playing below in the street. Their cries reached me weak­ened and indistinct and, leaning my forehead against the cool glass, I looked over at the dark house where she lived." The friends' cries are weak and indistinct because they are distant emotionally as well as spatially. Like an adult on a quest, he imagines he carries his love as if it were a sacred object, a chalice: "Her image accompanied me

  • Examples Of Dark Romanticism In The House Of Usher

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    gothic horror and suspenseful outlook, which is considered to be Dark Romanticism. Literature in this time period was influenced by Transcendentalism and the ideas of mankind, nature, and divinity, but did not directly embrace it. Poe was a Dark Romantic because his writing presented individuals prone to sin and self-destruction, rather than a soul born with goodness and perfection. There are many ways Poe's work represented Dark Romanticism. He took on this style of writing because he experienced

  • Light and Dark in Heart of Darkness

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    Light and Dark in Heart of Darkness The brightest of lights can obscure vision while darkness can contain truths: one must not be distracted by the sheen of light, which conceals the deeper reality present in darkness. Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness illustrates this idea with the use of several symbols. White Europeans are used as symbols of self-deception, and objects with an alabaster quality are symbols of barriers to inner truth. Black is the foil of white; it represents the

  • The Dark Romantics

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    The dark Romantics describe life as evil, sinful, insane, and deceptive, which is more like life today. For example, the town’s people in the “Black Veil” can be seen as evil and sinful. The reason they are thought as evil and sinful is because they say things about him because he is wearing the black veil. This can be seen in Hawthorns the minister and the Black veil when Mr. Hooper says, ”why do you tremble at me? Cried he turning his veiled face around the circle of pale specters. Tremble also

  • Essay on the Dark Side of the Mind Exposed in Cask of Amontillado

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    The Dark Side of the Mind Exposed in Cask of Amontillado "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong." With that statement, Montresor begins his tale of revenge deciding that the act must be slow and sweet and that in order to fully enjoy it, his adversary must be aware of his intentions. Hidden within those same few lines, lies not only this horrid plan, but also the

  • Comparing Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov and Orlando by Sally

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    Comparing Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov and Orlando by Sally Potter The novels, Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov, as well as the film, Orlando, written and directed by Sally Potter, are all self-reflexive, or metafictional, i.e., they draw our attention to the processes and techniques of writing and the production of cinema. All three share similarities and differences in setting, narrative technique, characterization

  • Cinematic Techniques in Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark

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    In his novel Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov employs cinematic techniques to tell the story of director Albinus and starlet Margot. Nabokov's use of imagery and techniques from the cinema is evident throughout the novel. However, his style is not that of a screenplay, as his polished prose is always infused with his trademark irony. Gavriel Moses notes that Nabokov is aware of the overwhelming presence and claim to truth of film images, but he also recognizes that formulaic films tend to displace

  • A Day In The Dark

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    This passage was written by Elizabeth Bowen and is titled ‘A Day in the Dark’. It is a story told by a girl named Barbie. She tells a tale of when she was fifteen and visited the house of Miss Branderry to return a copy of Blackwood’s and to request to borrow, for her father, a thistle cutter. She also takes some roses to apologise for glass stain and thumbmarks on the cover of the magazine. The passage mainly focuses on Barbie and her view on the events. But the passage also looks into the relationships

  • Comparing the Use of Light and Dark by Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne

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    Use of Darkness and Light by Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne all tend to focus on the darker side of humanity in their writings. In order to allow their readers to better understand their opinions, they often resort to using symbolism. Many times, those symbols take the form of darkness and light appearing throughout the story at appropriate times. A reader might wonder how light functions in the stories, and what it urges the reader to consider. If we look carefully

  • The Dark Comic Vision of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

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    The Dark Comic Vision of The Winter’s Tale Although Shakespeare’s plays are generally categorized according to their adherence to the formulaic definitions of histories, romances, comedies, or tragedies, there are several plays that complicate the task of fitting neatly into these groupings. Many literary critics, in fact, have singled out a handful of plays and labeled them ‘Problem Plays’ because they do not fall easily into any of the four categories, though they do loosely adhere to the

  • The Symbolic Use of Light and Dark in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

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    The Symbolic Use of Light and Dark in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues In James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" a pair of brothers try to make sense of the urban decay that surrounds and fills them. This quest to puzzle out the truth of the shadows within their hearts and on the streets takes on a great importance. Baldwin meets his audience at a halfway mark: Sonny has already fallen into drug use, and is now trying to return to a clean life with his brother's aid. The narrator must first attempt

  • The Light-dark Metaphor in Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

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    civilization and, therefore, a reflection on his own reality, the metaphor shifts, until the narrator raises his head at the end of the novel to discover that the Thames seemed to 'lead into the heart of an immense darkness.'' The alteration of the light-dark metaphor corresponds with Marlow's cognizance that the only 'reality', 'truth', or 'light' about civilization is that it is, regardless of appearances, unreal, absurd, and shrouded in 'darkness'. Marlow uses the contrast between darkness and

  • Light and Dark in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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    darkness of the situation contrasted to the light of society to show man’s dependence on western morals, and how when these morals are challenged by the darkness, the light crumbles under its newly weakened foundation. The contrast between light and dark is most stark in the themes of setting, the changes in Europeans as they drive farther into the Congo, and the white man’s collapse under the ultimate darkness of the Innermost Congo. The setting of Heart of Darkness is a very critical part of the

  • Comparison Of Dark Romanticism In Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher?

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    most known for his Romantic “gothic” or Dark Romanticism style of writing. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story by Poe about a brother and sister, childhood friend, and their house that in the end results in death. In Poe’s story “The Fall of the House of Usher” you see this Romantic gothic style by the dark and gloomy setting, mystery, and use of nature. The story starts off talking about the Usher’s mansion, “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the