A Rose for Emily and the Feather Pillow

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Damian Oronoz
Mr. Lpez
English 11
17 May 2010

A Rose for Emily & The Fetter Pillow Essay Hocus pocus in a dark castle, black cats over the graveyards, and two men writing gothic literature. Characteristics of gothic literature include ruined sinister buildings, dungeons, underground passages, crypts, and catacombs which in modern houses become spooky basements or attics. In “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Feather Pillow” by Horacio Quiroga, the authors use spooky setting, fantastic plot, grotesque characters and use of the supernatural as elements of gothic literatrure.
Faulkner and Quiroga use setting as an element of Gothic Literature to foreshadow that somethings will happen because the setting is mysterious.
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Faulkner tell us in his story that " The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him. What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the patient and biding dust." (Faulkner). This is an example of a Gothic element being used because Emily had suffered of her father's dead, so when she met Homer she killed him, so he could never leave her. She never dated any one before because her father did not let her. So when she met Homer she got to attached to him that she did not Homer leave her. That is the reason Emily killed Homer. The use of this element is also seen in "The Feather Pillow" when Quiroga describes how Jordan never shows her feelings towards Alicia, so this made her go in depression. In the story it said "He for his part, loved her profoundly but never let it seen." (Quiroga). Alicia compared herself to the sleeping beauty who could only be wake up with a kiss from her prince; and Alicia felt dead from inside because Jordan was cold and it seemed as if he did not care for Alicia. This quote make us think she was dying because of depression. Women in distress can do crazy things
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