In class essay - Gothism in Early American Literature

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Joshua Huver 28 January, 2008 Wayne Johns ENG 1120 Gothism in Early American Literature In the early 1800’s, American writing focused largely on suspenseful, mysterious stories in which the listener or reader could virtually imagine themselves being a part of. Authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe were masters of the suspenseful, near horrific techniques readers craved. In the tales The Minister’s Black Veil , by Hawthorne, and The Cask of Amontillado , by Poe, the two authors create a suspenseful and uneasy feeling of terror throughout the story and the reader’s own thinking by masterful use of gothic diction, technique, and detail. In The Minister’s Black Veil , Hawthorne uses incredible diction to describe the fear of the people surrounding Rev. Hooper right from the very beginning of the story. According to the narrator of the tale, the veil that Rev. Hooper dons doesn’t hinder the Rev.’s own sight other “than to give a darkened aspect to all living and inanimate things” (517). During the actual sermon no one seems to be able to concentrate on anything but
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