Gothic Essay

1590 Words Mar 6th, 2013 7 Pages
Oates short stories usually follow young characters through their struggles in life. There are many family imperfections in Oates stories that mostly tend to have a disturbing image in the readers head. While it seemed that Joyce Carol Oates experienced dark childhood experiences, she seems to explore her thoughts according to similar events that had happened in her life. Written by Joyce Carol Oates, “Spider Boy” is an example that highly defines gothic horror. Many of her works deal with violence, rape, death, or a character that has gone completely mad. “Naked” has many dark and nightmare like scenes, Oates writes on how a normal day can be your worst; it is that Oates puts a woman in a scene that would be worse than an average …show more content…
Oates writes, “There are places in the world where people vanish. His father had said this” (Oates 3). The mystery behind the dark events on what happens to people when they go to certain places. This quote is the beginning of something bad that is going to happen; it gives the presence of horror. “Philips father explained that the hitch-hikers were a secret between him and Philip that no one must ever know” (Oates 12). This is the dark secret that lures in the background of the story, hoping that Philip would help keep the “skeletons’ in the closet. Putting too much trust in the hands of someone that could easily bring you down to your knees is a big risk, which is why the father bends the truth a little to sidetrack Philip into believing what his father is doing is ok. Joyce Carol Oates performs a twisting of events that end up as the story began; Philip finds himself as Spider Boy once did. Oates writes, “He saw the boy on the creek bank glance up at him and wave …impulsively he raised his arm to wave back. Maybe they would call him? Maybe they would invite him to join them?” (Oates 22). This passage is closely related to when Philip met spider boy and presented himself as friendly, Philip then used that to lure spider boy in to his father’s web. It could possibly be that the boy in in the end was being used by his father to lure in Philip. This makes me think, it

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