Gothic Literature : The Dark Side Of Romanticism

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Gothic literature is the dark side of Romanticism. The theme of Gothic stories is either mysterious, horror, or even death. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe are authors that demonstrate Gothic literature. Some of their work include, “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Cask of Amontillado tells how the narrator Montresor seeks revenge on his acquaintance, Fortunato. Montresor to desperate measures and did not catch. However, in “The Birthmark”, Aylmer, a scientist has become obsessed with convincing his wife, Georgianna, to remove her birthmark that is on her left cheek. Both stories show how the main character feels that his way is the best way to solve his problems. The ways they try to solve their problem lead to death. Hawthorne and Poe both draws their pasts to show Gothic literature within their stories. They also share some similarities within their stories. Such as the usage of symbolism and irony to capture an audiences’ attention. However, they use different techniques within their stories to capture their readers’ attention. Another way Poe and Hawthorne use Gothic Literature within their stories is Poe writes on an element that effects the single emotion of the reader. While Hawthorne writes on the representation of his imagination and conception of the world. Using irony is one of the elements Poe and Hawthorne use in their writing. The irony is an expression of meaning by using language
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