Genres: Horror and Mystery
This paper discusses "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe as examples of the horror and mystery genres in literature.
# 56625 | 1,075 words | 2 sources | APA | 2004 |
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This paper explains that most of the literary works under the horror and mystery genres provide insightful depictions and illustrations of social criticisms that the writers want to critique symbolically or figuratively. The author points out that, while Poe in "The Cask of Amontillado" uses both themes of insanity and murder in his story, Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" effectively uses the protagonist's downfall to insanity to portray the grotesqueness not only of psychological instability, but also of emotional repression the woman character experiences in the story. The paper reviews various forms of irony that are used in both stories to create the monstrous feeling within the tales and to state the authors' position on social issues.
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