Gothic Elements In Gothic Literature

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Natalie Earl
Mrs. Kanney
Honors ELA 9
3 October, 2017

Uses of Gothic Literature in Short Stories
The style of Gothic Literature was invented around 1764. The Gothic style writing is composed of at least one or more of the essential gothic elements. Edgar Allen Poe is a famous author of many mysterious and dark literary works. Most of his stories are said to likely be inspired by personal horrors. Nathaniel Hawthorne, famous author of The Scarlet Letters uses a similar style based around dark romanticism often with moral messages and deep psychological complexity. Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and ‘The Minister’s Black Veil’ both demonstrate different, and some of the same elements of gothic literature.
‘The Cask of Amontillado’ conveys a deep rooting in gothic literature. Poe makes use of a medieval setting and overwrought emotion to solidify this particular style of writing. The narrator, Montresor, delineates his descent with Fortunato into the vaults: “I passed down a long and winding staircase… we stood together on damp ground of the catacombs” (Poe 3). An element often prominent in gothic literature is the usage of a castle with secrets passages and/or dark, hidden or otherwise ominous staircases. The Cask of Amontillado’s descriptions of the catacombs, vaults and staircase gives the reader the same kind of eerie feeling. Additionally, Fortunato displays high emotion near the end of the story. When he realizes his

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