Essay about The Gothic Of Gothic Fiction

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Princeton University scholar, Matthew M. Reeves, claims that “…the Gothic is an allusion to or characteristic of the Middle Ages, or, more obliquely, the ‘mediæval’ or ‘romantic,’ both of which are positioned as opposites to the classical” (Reeves 233). However, in today’s modern culture, gothic fiction can be described in simpler terms as a genre in literature which emphasizes and illuminates the darkness “of terror and death and violence” (Fiedler 9). This literary movement allows authors to better portray and relate the more so real aspects of everyday lives to their readers as gothic elements such as death, isolation, and darkness are common occurrences in people’s lives. From Reeves’s claim that gothic culture tends to oppose classical culture, it is easy to assume that his claim also translates to the idea that gothic literary elements tend to oppose the more so happier elements in people’s lives which other literary movements are more than willing to accentuate in their works. As subjects of comparison, Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel, Brief Lives, and George Saunders’s short story, Adams, have similar gothic aspects such as the uncanny and moments of grotesqueness which bring forth awkwardness and curiosity to the reader.
When it comes to the gothic elements seen in short stories read throughout the semester, a short story that demonstrates the uncanny element of the gothic movement would be Adams, by George Saunders. To the unobservant reader, Adams first displays very…

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