Gothic literature is built on its root word “goth” which is described as a dark or evil object. In every gothic piece of literature you’ll find something to do with villains or demonic figures taking over. Many authors are known for their gothic literature such as, Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Edgar A. Poe’s works are surrounded by the theme of revenge and death like his stories “The Cask of the Amantillado” and “Masque of the Red Death”. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s books and novels are based on the works of evil, sin of humanity and greed like in his infamous short story “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”. Gothic literature is centered around dark and chaotic characters, settings, and events.
There are many stories in gothic literature that share the same settings. For example, “The Cask of the Amantillado” and “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar A. Poe. Both short stories the dark evil-like moods. In the short story by Edgar A. Poe,” The Cask of the Amantillado” it all begins during a festive carnival in which the revengeful Montresor persuades the overly intoxicated Fortunato to go with him to his dark and dank, skull infested catacombs were he completes his plan and leaves Fortunato to rott within the catacombs. Edgar A. Poe’s other short story,” Masque of the Red Death” the setting is set in a big abbey that was surrounded by the red death disease. Each of the seven rooms inside the abbey had a main color (blue, purple, green, orange, white, red, violet, black) and each color represents a part of a circle of life. Lastly, each short story had the setting where it represented the gothic beginning or ending of life.
Characters are another way of decrypting gothic literature.” A Rose for
Emily” by William Faulkner and “Good Country People” by Flanney O’Conor have good examples of gothic literature. “A Rose for Emily” has a strange character named Emily. Emily is obsessed with death in fact, she was so...