Gothic fiction rapidly gained popularity during the nineteenth century and continues to appeal to contemporary readers. The ‘postmodern’ genre that composes of various elements in provoking distinct emotions of fear and anticipation, this follows the theme of horror, thriller and romance. Gothic literature allows readers to understand the character different perspectives in the story, allowing readers to formalise their own contradicting opinions for its suspenseful writing. Both “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Edgar Allen Poe “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë demonstrates the effective use of gothic features with supernatural and suspenseful elements engaging for all audiences
The classic short story “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, reveals the story of a man justifying his horrifying actions, highlighting how mentally disturbed he is. The symbolism in “vulture eye” or the recent man’s eye. This can be seen in “He had the attention of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a movie over it. Whenever it received Pine Tree State, my blood ran cold;” that indicates that the persona feels afraid and afraid by the recent man’s eye. It additionally conveys that the person feels virtually dead or dead by the attention since Vulture’s feast on dead or almost dead prey.
The novel, “Wuthering Height” by Currer Bell demonstrates imaging technique in “ my fingers closed on the fingers of a bit, cold hand. The extraordinary horror of nightmare came around me I attempted to balk my arm, however the hand clung to that, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, woke up by loud faucets on the window, he slowly approaches the window and it turns into a ghost-like figure and it sobbed “Let Pine Tree State in-let me in!”. This demonstrates the emotions of worry and suspense since it uses the five senses in a very descriptive tone for the audience to vividly feel the expertise that the character has encountered.
The two stories “Wuthering Height” by Emily Bronte and Edgar Allen Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” follow the gothic theme provoking the emotions of fear and terror towards the readers, through the use of suspenseful and supernatural components.
Gothic literature is not appealing in the novel Goth girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell which is the book I decided to read for my wide reading book for term three. Goth girl and the Wuthering fright is a very different type of fictional gothic book as it is a children’s book and its a completely different take on gothic literature if you compare it to The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe however The Raven is a more appealing take on gothic literature.
In the book Goth girl and the Wuthering fright Ada Goth is the only daughter of Lord Goth England’s foremost cycling poet and with her father away in London giving speeches and getting his hair styled leaving Ada and the Attic club alone in the Ghastly Gorm Hall. This introduction made the book seem boring and not very interesting.
The Raven however has a completely different introduction to the piece which therefore has a different impact to the readers first impression of the book. It sets the scene for the readers and starts to create suspense leaving the reader eager to continue reading , The Raven also gives off a more gothic sense than the Goth girl and the Wuthering fright.
Goth girl and the Wuthering fright is an unappealing type of gothic fiction text , i believe that this is because of the way it introduces it introduces the story , “Sitting in one of the wing-back chairs in the library of Ghastly-Gorm Hall” , the technique shown is the use of convention of setting and characters , the convention of this setting which is the library of the Ghastly-Gorm Hall is introduced to the readers in the first line of this book is what makes a reader bored which would want the reader to put the book away and the use of the convention on characters, “Ada Goth was reading her father’s latest book” this convention adds to the introduction but doesn’t have that spark in it that would want you to continue reading the book , both these factors contribute to what makes this novel more of an unappealing gothic children’s novel.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is a more appealing type of gothic fiction text because of the way this text is introduced to the reader , “ Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..” the technique used is the convention on setting , Edgar Allen Poe is setting the scene for the readers and I believe the way he has written it captivates the reader’s mind to want to read more.Another technique he uses is the symbolism of the chamber door which captivates and keeps the readers on the edge of their seats is the suspense of not knowing what’s behind the chamber door , “As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door…… tapping at my chamber door—Only this and nothing more.” These conventions that Edgar Allen Poe uses in The Raven is what makes this text an appealing gothic fiction text.
I believe that children’s books should not be written as a gothic fiction book an example of this is Goth girl and the Wuthering frights is a gothic children’s book that is not appealing to readers however gothic fiction can be very appealing this is shown by Edgar Allen Poe’s text called The Raven which is not a children’s book and that gothic fiction suits The Raven’s type of text.