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Gothic Horror Stories

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Gothic Horror Stories Gothic horror is a type of romantic, horror fiction based on irrational fear that predominated in 18th century England. The term 'gothic' originated from the architectural style of the middle ages, but came to describe the dark, terrifying tales that achieved such popularity. Gothic horror can be determined by many things which exist in all gothic horror stories, for example eerie settings such as gothic monasteries, bleak comfortless castles, grave yards and cobwebbed rooms lit by guttering candles. It can also be determined by a unique character such as a beast, monster, ghost, evil creature and innocent person. Usually the innocent person is killed by the evil creature in a gothic horror story. Fear, supernatural and the macabre were also essential elements in gothic horror. I looked at six stories but I will focus on three of the stories which appear to fit the genre, these stories are 'The Judges House' written by Bram Stoker who lived from 1847 to 1912. It is about a person called Malcomson who moves into an old house. He gets disturbed by rats while living in the house and then gets killed by a judge. 'The Tell Tale Heart' written by Edgar Allen Poe who lived from 1809 to 1849.This is about a man who is killed by another man at his house, police go to the house after getting a disturbance call from the neighbours then the killer confesses about the murder to the police. ...read more.

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Also Malcomson is a very intrigued in his studies, I think Stoker gave these characteristics in Malcomson because Stoker himself went to college and knows how studying is interesting and affects a young person. The judge, who is another main character, only comes in the story at the end, but at the end we also find out that the judge is in the story before the end as the big, evil rat. I know that the judge is evil because every time this big rat comes, all the other rats go because of its present. I also know its evil by how Stoker described the rat, baleful eyes, and these descriptions produced, an image in my head showing that it was evil. The judge meets the character determinant as he is the evil creature, he is like a ghost that haunts the house and he is described in a certain way to make him look wicked and evil. In 'The Tell Tale Heart' the man all throughout the story behaves strangely. He acts in a mad, insane way, I think the man reflects Poe, as Poe was a very strange person, he gambled, he was an alcoholic and married an 13 year old girl when he was 24. Also in the story the mad man kills an old man just because he never liked his eyes but he also says in the story I loved the old man. ...read more.

Conclusion

Literary devices give us the readers a thrill over the story, it makes the story more exhilarating and interesting, this is also typical for a gothic horror story. In 'The Signalman' colour is used as a literary device. Dark colours and the colour red are used. Dark colours are usually associated with evil and red is usually associated with danger and also evil. This makes the story more fascinating to read and also creates a bloodcurdling atmosphere. These colours are typical in a gothic horror story. I think 'The Judges House' matched my concept of 'Gothic Horror' most accurately because first of all it was set in a large old house. Secondly the characters used were typical of a gothic horror story, there was an innocent person and there was an evil creature. Thirdly the evil killed the good, which is also typical of a gothic horror story. Lastly the literary devices used were a bible and horrific weather; they both are distinctive elements in a gothic horror story. I think Stoker story is the best because his usual style was horror, Stoker is also famous for writing horror stories, his most famous story is 'Dracula', most of the ideas used in 'Dracula' appear nowadays in horror film and books. Also there were a lot of gothic horror stories written before he wrote 'The Judges House' by many authors, so he probably got many ideas from them. So this is why I think 'The Judges House' matches my concept of 'Gothic Horror. Tharik Ahmed ...read more.

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