The Haunting Of Hill House

2043 Words Oct 31st, 2016 9 Pages
The Haunting of Hill House
In “The Haunting of Hill House”, Jackson uses a third person point of view in order to create an ambiguous feeling during the supernatural experiences which leads to confusion of weather the novel falls under the sub-genre female gothic, or not. Jackson starts the novel with a very powerful quote: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.” (1). That famously known quote is indeed very ambiguous, that evokes suspense. The sub-genre female gothic conventions consist of an old haunted house, mystery and suspense, supernatural experiences, women distress during a transition to adulthood or motherhood, repressed emotions, an aspect of feminism, heroic male figure, dark, and horror. The Haunting of Hill House consists of some of the female gothic conventions but lacks some too.
Eleanor, the protagonist, undergoes a difficult childhood where she had to take care of her ill mother for 11 years, until she died. Taking care of her mother for most of her childhood prohibited her from developing as a person; that affected her tremendously. For example, During Theodora’s supernatural experience, Shirley Jackson displays how Eleanor’s inner child managed to let her grow anger and jealously towards Theodora. Eleanor felt like Hill House was giving Theodora more affection and attention than it was giving her; similar, to the one that a child would have…
Open Document