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Gothic Stories

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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.

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'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.

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