How Does Poe Use Of Gothic Elements

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Gothic fiction better known as gothic horror is the genre of literature that combines the elements of both romance and horror, but for a story to be considered gothic fiction it must inclued gothic elements. Edgar Allan Poe is a true connoisseur at writing gothic horror, an example is his short story "The Tell-Tale Heart", which contains several examples of gothic elements imbedded into it. The short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" is the epitome of an atmosphere with mystery and suspense, one of the most well known gothic elements. The element of suspense is very important in gothic literature because it intertwines mystery and horror together. Poe includes this element and turns it into his own in several instances . In his story, Poe uses suspense perfectly. He builds up it up by using the repetition of words and phrases, while doing so he uses interjection and explanations that cause the situation to become more dramatic. An excellent example of suspense is in the following excerpt: "Oh god! What could I do? I foamed--I raved--I swore!" With these techniques, Poe creates an aura of mystery and suspense. Along with his amazing use of suspense, Poe uses exquisite vocabulary to give his story a gothic feel.…show more content…
Poe creates a flow and rhythm that makes his work dark but beautiful. In "The Tell-Tale Heart ", Poe uses words like agony and despair, words that that while they seem caliginous, are well thought out and stimulated. The following excerpt: "But anything was better than this agony! Anything was better than this derision!" The vocabulary that was used showed the reader how much pain the narrator was in, how insane he was. It creates a clear image of horror, of emotion. Overall giving a gothic feel to the
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