Comparison Of The “Death By Landscape” And “The Yellow

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Comparison of the “Death by Landscape” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” Terror, a feeling shared by all beings with emotions, With such an influence in the well-being of a human being, terror is something that creates interest and research while repelling and frightening an individual. The gothic literature is an evoked presence of terror by humans to create a sense of confusion with a reader leaving them with no explanation of the unrealistic events and removing the ability of control and comprehension. Margaret Atwood and Charlotte Perkins Gilman master the unexplained supernatural and unrealistic events in their own stories, “Death by Landscape” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The first follows the abrupt and unexplained loss of the main…show more content…
This is due to the state that Lois is in throughout the story. Lucy is not alive in a body, but in the obsession of Lois’s mind. Society deals with death in many ways, whether it is in ritual or locking it behind a wall in the mind. Lois locks Lucy in the depths of her perception and mind as shown by the paintings she has collected, “every one of them is a picture of Lucy. You can’t see her exactly. But she’s there, in behind the pink stone island or the one behind that.” (Atwood 129). Due to the disturbance that Lois is dealing with it’s explainable that this is Lois’s way of coping with Lucy’s death. However this end doesn’t solve the question the reader frequently asks. Where, why and how did Lucy die? The questions which cannot be answered neither by the reader or Lois. Leaving out the answer creates the dreadful terror that humans pursue, the answer of death and it’s unexplainable control of events. The temporary feeling and atmosphere of terror that is throughout the story exemplifies the unexplained supernatural by showing Lois as a victim of an event she has no comprehension or power over. She is affected to a point where “she would never go up north… to any place with wild lake and wild trees and the calls of loons. (Atwood 129). In the rugged landscape of the wilderness, it is equal to death where in that the wild is very similar to the uncontrollable nature of death. Lucy’s presence is emphasized by her absence as she continues
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