Twin Souls, The Masque Of The Red Death, And Edward Sccissorhands

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“The only way out is to DIE!!!” – Anonymous (goodreads) Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of horror and romance. (Gothic Fiction) Twin Souls, The Devil and Tom Walker, The Masque of the Red Death, and Edward Scissorhands all uses gothic elements like environment, atmosphere, emotions, supernatural, and drama. However they aren’t always used the same way. The supernatural often appears in Gothic literature as something not of this world. (eHow) A vampire and the devil influence the entire story and the outcome of the story. Tom says this when he loses his patience and piety, “The devil take me!” he said, “if I have made a farthing!” Just then there were three loud knocks at the street door. He stepped …show more content…
(eHow) Edward lives in a mansion on the top of a mountain by himself without anybody to bother him or knows he is there all by himself. Salem in Twin Souls lives in a old abandoned house out in the country where no one can find him. In Twin Souls “The asphalt suddenly evolved into a dirt path that felt like it went on for miles and miles ahead of us. I hadn’t noticed the turn to our left until he pointed it out. I jerked the wheel down the new path, and we were soon approaching a tall, beautiful Victorian house planted in the middle of the blossoming foliage” (Poe 24). This compares to when Peg drove all the way up the mountain to see who lived in the mansion. Edward Scissorhands and Twin Souls are both atmosphere because when going to these houses there is a feeling of mystery, horror, and dread. (Poe) (Burton) Atmosphere was used to create a gothic feeling, but emotions were also used to do the same …show more content…
(eHow) In The Devil and Tom Walker, the swamp is described as “thickly grown with great gloomy pines and hemlocks…covered with weeds and mosses…dark and stagnant pools…trunks of pines and hemlocks lay half drowned, half rotting” (Lombardi) this describes the swamp is dark and forest like and away from civilization. The graveyard in Twin Souls is covered in snow, away from civilization, and has woods surrounding it. In both the gothic element is environment, but The Devil and Tom Walker setting is in the swamp and is dark and forest like, while Twin Souls is covered with snow and has wood surrounding it. Both are environment, but for different reasons. (Poe) (Irving) Environment is the only gothic element that can be created in different ways. Drama is the events in gothic literature that emphasize high emotion and reflect a heightened sense of drama. Examples of drama include murders and tragic illnesses. Twin Souls and The Masque of the Red Death are both Drama because they include murder and tragic illness. In Twin

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