• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Gothic Stories

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Gothic Stories In this essay I will discuss what a Gothic story is. Traditionally Gothic stories are set in castles, churches, darkness or other locations with a sense of evil. Gothic stories are mainly set at night to add an extra illusion of fear. Gothic story is a story that is set in the late 18th to early 19th century. They were a type of romance that was very popular in those days. They are wild bloody tales with a strong supernatural element. The gothic genre grew towards the 19th century because people became fascinated with the paranormal. It is a story set with the theme of horror in a supernatural way. All gothic writers followed the same concept when writing a novel. They all consisted of a large, dark, abandoned place (for example a castle or mansion) where a man of the modern age would encounter many 'supernatural' obstacles (for example a ghost or spectre). The character would never die as the story was told in a first person perspective. Gothic stories hit a peak in Victorian times, when Jack the Ripper and other famous lawbreakers struck fear into people's hearts. This grim time was not helped by the very inefficient police force, this left people wanting to hear of more heroes in their world. ...read more.

Middle

'In as solitary and dismal a place as I ever saw' is the way the narrator describes it. The word 'dismal' makes you think of something sad which is what the narrator wanted he also followed that with 'solitary' this makes the reader picture the railway cutting as isolated and away from other places and people. This created a supernatural effect to the story because the reader is automatically thinking that something is very unusual about the setting and something ghostly must happen. The Signal Man, in my opinion sets the best scene. It is set underground, which I believe is a great setting for a story of this type. Because it based underground the whole story is dark, and in the dark bad things happen. The Signalman is in the first person as the signal man is the main character as he says I and me. In the Body Snatchers the two main characters both study medicine and use that as a way of snatching bodies from graves and even murder people. It is set in the third person as they are talked about rather than saying I the writer says they and he also gave them names. There is only one main character in the Red Room which is the one that goes inside the room and has the contact with the ghost. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are two supernatural stories which I have studied the reason being is that they both include ghosts and typical horror. The Red Room and The Signalman are supernatural stories. The Body Snatchers is not a supernatural story as it is more scientific gothic and does not include ghosts. In a gothic horror story, supernatural is scarier to read and watch than a non supernatural horror story in my opinion. Overall in my opinion for a successful gothic story has to be supernatural to keep the viewer or reader interested. The story I would class as the most successful is The Body Snatchers as I found it the most interesting and I was drawn to this one rather than the others I did enjoy The Signal man but the author uses well suited language consequently making the story scary and exciting to read. There is a lot of tension created the whole way through the story right up to the very end. The Red Room by H.G Wells, and The Signalman by Charles Dickens, they were not very scary because they were not Gruesome, horrendous, monstrous or horrid. I like the Body Snatchers because it has got horrible bits and a better story I think. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Aquilina 11MTO ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Brother Sebastian in the novel Lamb by Bernard Mac Laverty

    audience thinking "what if this happens while Owen and Michael are alone?" These points and more should have been thought of in a long term plan, but Michael is in the "phrase" in which he was did not have the mental strength to think of these salient points.

  2. How is a sense of fear created in the reader in Gothic short stories?

    The candles are also another way for the narrator to stay sane and cling on to sanity. Straight after lighting the candles, the narrator sets up a barricade. This shows that he is succumbing to his fear. When the narrator begins talking to himself, and making up rhymes, it is

  1. War poetry

    This makes the reader feel more involved with the poem. Suddenly the pace of the poem is quickened: "Gas! Gas! Quick boys!" This shows how gas can appear out of no where when least expected. The word "ecstasy" is used to describe how the soldiers fumbled.

  2. The Night Train

    The clothes were odd, dark, from another age. His hands were spread out on the table in front of him, the fingers claw like, the nails horny and long. But it was the photographs laid out like cards in front of the hands that caused Lyle's legs to buckle.

  1. If A Birthday, and A Signalman, were compared Andreas Binzers character would be unquestionably ...

    M y eyes were on the bell, and if I am a living man, it did NOT ring at those times..." Even though the narrator does know whether to believe in himself or not but the signalman has faith in his eyes and what he saw.

  2. The Body Snatchers

    He knew Macfarlane in the past. Dr Macfarlane is shocked when he sees Fettes. Fettes studied medicine in his young days. The narrator is the one who finds out about Fettes past and tells it to the readers. Fettes was very clever in school and the teachers noted this he

  1. Victorian And Edwardian Stories, Tension

    it seems as if the story is addressing the reader and pulls them into the story as it unfolds. The first page is very descriptive which I personally found overwhelming but the use of punctuation and paragraphing eased the read/ understanding rate.

  2. How the writer creates interest in the story

    Suddenly the knocking ceased and his wife gave a long loud wail of disappointment. The Monkey's Paw creates interest throughout the whole story and has such an effective build up that I had to use it. It lures the in reader by being mysterious during the opening and then dropping hints.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work