Gothic literature was a popular writing tradition of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is still used today. Gothic literature explores the wicked, perverse and dark desires. Gothic conventions can include burial alive, ghosts, hysteria, ruined bodies, tales within tales, undead characters, underground spaces, and more. Gothic themes are guilt, sex, violence, death, and cosmic struggle. Gothic stories or poems should inspire terror or horror. Edgar Allen Poe was one of the many well-known Gothic writers. In his stories he uses a variety of themes to carry out the gothic theme.
In the story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe uses a psychological approach to gothic. "I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him." Simply, the narrator tried to make the victim think he liked him. He did this so the man would have absolutely no suspicion he was going to kill him. In other words he was playing mind games.
In the "Tell-Tale Heart," Poe shows his fondness for evil again. "I cut off the head and the arms and the legs." He often talked in his writings about how he would kill. This is a good example of his evil conventions. "I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye could have detected anything wrong." He goes on in this story by killing a man and putting his dead body under the planks in his floor. Another one of Poe's genius ways in hiding a dead body. Lastly, Poe also uses the gothic theme of guilt in this story. "I admit the deed! Tear up the planks." The police came to the house and the narrator felt he was in trouble. Finally, he confessed to where the body was because of his guilty conscience.
Edgar Allen Poe's, "Masque of the Red Death" also has many gothic themes. A bloody disease called the Red Death has ravaged a country. Prince Prospero thinks he can hide from this plague and throws a ball to...