How Has The Gothic Genre Maintain Relevance? Essay

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"How has the Gothic genre maintain relevance?" (1000 Words)
Despite the Gothic genre originating from the 18th century, and being most prevalent during the 19th century, it has still managed to maintain its relevance in the contemporary 21st century, as Gothic composers are still able to appeal to the human senses and emotions through their incorporation of a myriad of Gothic conventions and motifs. These conventions, evident in texts such as Edgar Allan Poe’s narrative poem and short story, The Raven (1845) and The Black Cat (1843) respectively, and Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw (1898), create a sense of mystery; the looming darkness of danger and evil, the fear, the suspense, and even madness, captivate readers ' attention and stir both the heart and the imagination.
Poe’s The Raven explores the interpretations of the human mind via Gothic conventions and motifs. His usage of alliteration, “Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” creates a link between the narrator’s doubt and dreams. What is reality? And what is simply a figment of one’s imagination? It is the dream-state where the hidden depth of the mind is revealed. Nevertheless, it is not explicitly revealed what the narrator was envisioning. Therefore, it is up to the reader to interpret this line, thus creating an ambiguous atmosphere. Similarly, a sense of ambiguity is manifested through the dark imagery, “Darkness there and nothing more”. What is darkness? Is it really true…

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