Gothic literature has a different way of captivating the reader. Page by Page, gothic themes are present that create mystery and evoke suspense. The Night Circus, a novel by Eric Morgenstern, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, by Washington Irving, and “The Oval Portrait”, by Edgar Allan Poe share two important themes: eerie setting and isolation. All the stories connect through a lesson that passion can become harmful.
Novel in particular and literature in general is more than just a work of fiction but in fact the hidden reflection of a specific historical era. Although, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights and Dracula were written in different times and each leaves its readers with different emotion and contemplation stages, they all share an affinity: the presence of Gothic elements. Indeed, these novels are designed to lead their reader into thrilling journeys through spooky dark setting, suspense horrifying plot, and claustrophobic atmosphere. These elements, though appear in various forms throughout these three novels, still excellently accomplish their mission of enticing the readers to be caught up in the narrative.
People often see only what they desire to see, and struggle to face reality. Gothic Literature authors use ambiguity, psychological problems and mind games to build suspense, and to teach the moral lesson that some things are not as they appear to be. Gothic Literatures that exhibit the forehand themes are writings such as: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, and “The Feather Pillow” by Horacio Quiroga.
To begin, “The term Gothic fiction refers to a style of writing that is characterized by elements of fear, horror, death and gloom, as well as romantic elements, such as nature, individuality, and very high emotion. These emotions can include fear and suspense.”. (Greaver, 1). This specific style of writing began in the late seventeen hundreds. Gothic fiction was created in order to keep a narrower set of viewers or readers more intrigued and interested. “The term Gothic actually originated as a term belittling the architecture and art of the period, which was dark, decaying, and dismal. The settings were often old, dilapidated buildings or houses in gloomy, lifeless, fear inducing landscapes.” (Greaver, 1). Gothic literature is often explained as an illusion that is unexplainable. “Gothic fiction hovers between the uncanny and the marvelous, offering little
The gothic literary movement is a part of the larger Romantic Movement. Gothic literature shares many of the traits of romanticism, such as the emphasis on emotions and the imagination. Gothic literature goes beyond the melancholy evident in most romantic works, however, and enters into the areas of horror and decay, becoming preoccupied with death. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe is a powerful example of gothic fiction, whereas James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans serves as the romantic predecessor, illustrating the differences and the similarities between romantic and gothic literature.
Various authors develop their stories using gothic themes and characterizations of this type to lay the foundation for their desired reader response. Although Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Peter Taylor’s “Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time” are two completely different narratives, both of these stories share a commonality of gothic text representations. The stories take slightly different paths, with Poe’s signifying traditional gothic literature and Taylor approaching his story in a more contemporary manner.
“The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe is a fantastic short story, but how does it fit into literature? The story uses elements and techniques that delve into the gothic genre and allows the reader to be introduced to a darker reality. In “The Tell Tale Heart”, gothic elements reveal themselves in the short story through the use of setting and also through the use of characterization. These two elements are key components which demonstrate gothic features and help to classify this story as gothic literature. Murder and the supernatural elements also show that this text can be considered within the gothic genre of literature.
Ransom Riggs uses similar techniques to many of the most popular Gothic Literature authors. He intertwines numerous gothic elements akin to past authors. He brings the elements to life similar to blood in “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe. His book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children also uses similar techniques of the supernatural elements in the “Devil and Tom Walker”, and the use of mystery within “A Rose for Emily”.
Most people feel categorized in some way. For example, if you were a carpenter, but you enjoy writing, then you belong in both of those “worlds.” While reading the books, Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, and the book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs, I found myself asking the question, can you really belong in two places? In the book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the story is about a boy who wanted to visit the place where his grandfather's old stories took place, but when he got there, it was burnt down, but further inspection he found his way to the house and lost himself in a world before his time, not knowing whether this world, or the normal world, was the right one for him. And in the book, Cinder, it's about a cyborg girl who doesn't know if she should be in the castle or in a workshop fixing up broken gadgets, living as a test subject, or even on a different planet. Thinking further into this question, I pondered how did both Marissa Meyer and Ransom
Gothic elements being introduced in three gothic stories and a book written by Ransom Riggs called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Essentially about naive children with superpowers who are in a time loop and are obliged to fight ravage monsters called hollowgast collateral elements, that were exemplified in both Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and gothic stories abide isolation, monsters and violence. Violence was exhibited in “The Black Cat”, monsters were demonstrated in “The Feather Pillow” and isolation was shown in “The Masque Death”.
Some parents may approve of their children reading Gothic Literature because it teaches them moral lessons that they may be able to use later on in life. Gothic Literature is a combination of the age of Romanticism and Gothic elements, all tied into one. When parents allow their children to read Gothic Literature, they are opening their children’s minds up and allowing them to go into the dark world and face many challenges and experiences in hopes of overcoming and conquering their fears that they may have once had. Some parents believe that it has a positive effect in children’s minds. They believe that it is used to entertain the mind and teaches children that things are not always what they seem to be. These Gothic novels are said to allow children to escape their own lives, to
It sometimes can be hard to tell the difference between nightmares and reality. Most of the time it is fake, but sometimes it can be real. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is about a teenage boy trying to learn if his grandfather’s stories of the past were true or made-up. Jacob is scarred when he finds his grandfather attacked in the woods behind his house at night; he is even more terrified when he looks up and sees a monster. He goes to the island his grandfather was an orphan on, and he searches for clues of Grandpa Portman’s mysterious past. Throughout this journal, I will be questioning, evaluating, and visualizing.
Kids always dream of a magical world where they get to do whatever they want and be whoever they want to be. Most of the time, they create these wonderlands to escape reality and the problems that they may be encountering in their real lives. In the films Alice in Wonderland and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, both main characters had a wonderland of their own that helped them cope with the struggles they endured. Alice created hers when she was a little girl. It gave her entertainment, which she did not have in her normal life. Jacob, on the other hand, had his grandfather create the wonderland for him out of all the stories that he was told. After analyzing the films, the similarities they have lie in the knowledge that they
The Victorian era is deemed to be the most prolific time for the Gothic genre. Always loaded with supernatural experiences and insanity, the gothic delivered a distinct genre of morbidity and eeriness. It is paramount to recognise that there is certain elements of Victorian culture that allowed the Gothic era to develop. The growth of supernatural experimentation as well as the development of psychology were all crucial for the cause. As prominent as the above elements were, the society in which the Gothic literature was written is a key factor in influencing the style, content and format of this literary genre. When writers such as Henry James or Charlotte Perkins Gilman decided to address both themes simultaneously, it resulted in one overwhelming matter; ambiguity.
Gothic literature is an umbrella of short stories, novels, and dramas that capture the focus of death, fears, and irrationality that writers like, Edgar Allan Poe, often wrote about in their works of literature. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, A Tell-Tale Heart, depicts the very essence of gothic literature through symbolism, graphic storytelling, and the reversal of the main character . This cements A Tell-Tale Heart into what we categorize as gothic literature.