Supernatural Horror in 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 to be grotesquely…

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    Today, horror is popular in both literature and film. Since its humble beginnings, horror was intended to bring fear as close to life as possible by attempting to realize the impossible. Horror has evolved in such a way that now audiences crave both supernatural elements and realism. As film and media evolved, the horror genre has also expanded its ranges and dynamics. Within “Horror” subgenres were created, such as sci-fi horror and suspense/thriller. From gothic literature to the parodies of…

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    “The Outsider” a short story in “The Lurking Fear” by H.P. Lovecraft. It is a simple story on the surface but it can be thought provoking if you read deeper. It is about a man trying to find out where he is and why. Even though the story is in a collection of macabre horror it is more of a mystery than horror story till the end. The writer’s descriptions are so vivid that the reader does not notice the lack of characters. “I know not where I was born, save that the castle was infinitely old and…

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    My Essay is Scary Enough Throughout the Romantic Period, the popularity of spine-chilling literature containing ghastly creatures such as dead bodies, zombies, and the supernatural, as well as death in general, had exponentially increased as a topic used among poets of this time period. Moreover, literary works that have earned a widespread reputation such as Samuel T. Coleridge 's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and Mary Shelley 's "Frankenstein" were created and cultivated during the…

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    Fear In Gothic Literature

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    Gothic literature shares many of the same themes to show a sense of fear, horror, mental state, and paranoia through supernatural beings along with literal and psychological entrapment. This set of themes is exemplified by authors Richard Matheson, Washington Irving, and the forefather of gothic literature Edgar Allan Poe in their gothic short stories. From these stories the theme of supernatural beings is prevalent to provide an indication of fear and horror. Poe deliberately uses this to show…

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    character who is perhaps the most malevolent and cruel. The novel is the ideal example of a gothic novel because it encompasses all the themes that typify the gothic novel. The main tenets of gothic literature include, horror, violence, threatening of a women’s virtue and women being in constant danger. This can be seen in the case of Antonia who…

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    narrator is writing this short story from a prison cell and that this is a story of his life. Then, Poe writes, “But tomorrow I die, and today I would unburthen my soul” (Poe 1). The narrator is saying that he is going to die the next day and that this story is a way to relieve his soul. Poe initiates a dark tone with this line and is an example of gothic literature. Later on in the story, the narrator took out one of his cats eyes because the cat had scratched him when he came home one day. The…

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    explain the many different forms of these devices; that are used in every literature book that has been published since ancient times. Dramatic irony is used when an audience knows something that the characters in the literature story do not know. Many different stories and literature books use this with many different genres such as In Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet is already married to Romeo but her family does not know this in any way Juliet is hiding this from her family,…

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    ideas of the beautiful and the sublime, Burke states that “the passion caused by the great and the sublime in nature, when those causes operate most powerfully, is Astonishment” (53). In literature, authors use the sublime through their plots, their setting and their characters. In this paper I would first like to discuss gothic and what it means, some of the characteristics seen in gothic literature…

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    that you have to ask in talking about the horror genre is, what is horror fiction exactly? With what modern horror has become, it is very different from the original horror fiction. The way that the term “horror” is loosely thrown around in today’s society has greatly changed what people associate with “horror fiction” (Horror Writers Association, 1). In the article written by the Horror Writers Association, they say that now if you were to ask a person to write horror fiction, immediately an…

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