Essays on Gothic Fiction

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Literary Analysis ‘The Cask of Amontillado’

The Cask of Amontillado is a short literary work wrote in 1846. From the same author that brought us The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe. This short story also has a Gothic nature. Edgar Allan Poe, was born in the early eighteen-hundreds. His accomplishments as a poet and author are wide […]

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Suspense in “The Cask of Amontillado”

In the story “The Cask of Amontillado”, the Poe creates a lot of suspense. This story was in an unnamed Italian city at a carnival when a man takes revenge on his friend who he thinks has done him wrong. He makes the reader think that they are going to get to the wine that […]

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Analysis of “The Fall of the House of Usher”

It all started when I was informed about this paper I was trying to think of a movie I have watched a hundred times and loved. I thought I have seen Saving Private Ryan tons of times and love it but I decided to ask my media major friends what would be a good film […]

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Dracula: a Breaker of Sexuality and Gender Roles in the Victorian-era  

For centuries, monsters have been used to portray many bad qualities, personalities, and versions of humans. Monsters are used to help us cope with our fears and worst nightmares in society. According to Patricia Donovan, who wrote an article titled “Monster Culture”, fear of monsters has brought many communities and cultures together in the past […]

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Revenge in the Frankenstein Affair; Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a novel encircling the struggles that accompany the quest for ambition. Walton is driven by the desire of discovering new lands, Victor is driven by the ambitions of creating new life, but most important of all, the creature is driven by the desire to be seen as an equal in […]

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Madness in the Dracula Novel

Imagine a dark, isolated room, where there is barely a connection with the outside world. In the shadows, a despicable master is taunting and controlling a mind without the person knowing. In all the craziness in the world, madness often starts from being alone, too alone. Madness is found within a person’s thoughts, it could […]

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Vampire Evolution: Dracula and Carmilla

Today, the gothic genre continues to provide a lucrative way of connecting the historical romance or fantasy as well as monsters or aliens’ cultures that depict a real meaning in the present life through a combination of various cultural reactions. Indeed, the hallmark of such gothic narratives is based on deliberate archaism. For instance, Sheridan […]

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Orientalism in the Novel of Dracula

Orientalism was first described 1978 by Edward Said when he published his book, Orientalism. He discussed the term “orientalism” as the western world’s fabricated view that ‘The East’(the societies and people who inhabit Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East) were undeveloped and inferior to their western counterparts. During the Victorian era, England was on […]

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Depiction of Women in Gothic Novels: Dracula and Others

Timeless tales such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Sandman are defining works for the Gothic genre. Their compelling narratives, horrifying monsters, and iconic tropes have surpassed the barrier of time and have permeated into modern culture. One trope that the stories commonly share is the simplistic and unfortunate view of women in their writings. Females […]

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“New Women” in the Novel of Dracula

Throughout Gothic literature, the portrayal of the female identity has a profound impact on the interpretation of a story. Many Gothic novelists illustrate women in a certain light, highlighting the stereotypical role of women and the contrasting concept of the “New Women” in the Victorian era. Amidst the unearthly buildings and grotesque sceneries of the […]

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The Insanity of Miss Emily

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (Einstein). A Rose for Emily is a short story written by William Faulkner about the life of Miss Emily and her descent into insanity. Through the story Miss Emily gets caught in the past and shows no want or need to conform […]

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Roses for Emily: Emily’s Creepy Story

Southern Gothic scholars were occupied with investigating the extraordinary, introverted practices that were regularly a response against a restricting code of social direct. Southern Gothic frequently depended on the conviction that day by day life and the refined surface of the social request was delicate and deceptive, camouflaging exasperating substances or curved minds. Faulkner, with […]

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Roses for Emily: the Conflict between the Old and the New Generation

Before the Civil War in America, the south was famous for its thriving farms, beautiful estates, and the alluring inhabitants that lived there. Nevertheless, after the Civil War, the once thriving south had been left broken. It was time for change in a society solely based on traditional heritage. Older generation southerners were still hanging […]

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Discussion of the Tell-Tale Heart

I have been reading The Tell- Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, published in 1850. When I first read Tell-Tale Heart, my very first thought was this man is insane. He states that he killed an old man, he did not kill this old man because he pissed him off or because he wanted his […]

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