Gothic Vs Gothic Literature

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Gothic literature is meant to combine plot points of horror, death, and romance in a thrilling story, or tale. The history of children 's gothic literature goes just as far back as storytelling goes, and is marked by both classic gothic and gothic children 's literature characteristics. Classic gothic literature involves : romance, good versus evil, heroes and damsels; whereas today children’s gothic involves high tech computers, texting, the blurring line of good and evil, school grounds. But there are still similarities between the two that make modern day scary stories a gothic spine shivering tale. These tales still have settings that are similar to the child, or so unknowingly different that it must be scary, they have creatures that happen …show more content…
These questions are all questions that author Lemony Snicket makes you think about. When I got home that night I swear in the quietness of my room before I fell asleep there was something or someone standing in the corner. Snicket uses the paragraph “He is a quiet man, which is why you don’t know about him,” to start his tale. This line by itself is eerie enough to send chills down my spine, what really sticks out for me is the word quiet, because he must be dead silent for a reader not to notice him. Jack Zipes essay says “The gothic relies on sound even if this is the sound of silence, the silence that forces us to guess, to imagine and to worry,” (14) which is exactly what Snicket does throughout this page and a half horror. The man wouldn’t be as scary if we heard him coming up the stairs, or breathing in the corner, because we would know that he was there. But because of his silence and his mysteriousness it leaves the reader spooked for what awaits them in the …show more content…
For the poem to take its full scary effect, I believe the poem has to be viewed along with the illustration. The amazing illustrator Arnold Lobel creates a boring, run-of-the-mill school, that an average American can recognize as school they have encountered before. The picture as you can see is black and white, which I think is key for a good creepy illustration, has a regular old looking school building, and finally a ghoul lurking on the jungle gym. The Illustration is what makes this poem for me, it adds that familiarity that Karen Coats mentions in her Introductory essay for The gothic in Children 's Literature: haunting the borders, she says that a good gothic villain is one that “Is a fearsome creature because they transform the familiar into the strange and threatening,” the illustration of the ghoul is very human like from what we can tell add his intense staring only adds to the effect of the illustration. Throughout the book the illustrator embraces Edward Gorey’s type of art and does a remarkable job, and is unlike the illustrations of the other books I

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