Supernatural Commentary Essay

878 words - 4 pages

I was inspired by Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black to create a short story based on the gothic horror genre and incorporated a few of her ideas into my own writing. They both feature a male protagonist; Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black, and an unnamed male protagonist in Supernatural. I was motivated to use the key themes of loneliness and isolation which is evident in the character Kipps’ throughout the novel which which I believe is portrayed very well in the Hill’s use of both the past and present tense which I have also integrated into my short story as well as the use of language such as the portrayal of the protagonists inner emotions; “I had never been quite so alone, nor felt quite so small and insignificant"

I chose to keep my protagonist unnamed to keep an element of hidden mystery and secrecy which is another theme used throughout the prose text, as well as the villain being vaguely named ‘The Woman in Black’ until later in the novel when it was revealed what her true identity was. I believe this helped to grip the reader and left them wanting to know more about her. Also, by keeping the protagonist unnamed, it fit into the gothic horror genre by allowing the reader to relate and believe that the tragedy could occur to them.

I have also opened the story with direct address in the present tense, which is then repeated at several other points in the story for example “I’d like to tell you a story” which makes it easier for the reader to empathise with the character and to connect more on a personal level which helps to grip the readers attention and want to get to know the protagonist and more about his story. He then goes on to say “if that’s okay” which also helps create sympathy from the reader which portrays his sense of isolation, as if he hasn’t got anyone else to share his story with and is unsure as to wether the reader actually wants to hear his tragic tale. The protagonist also has a distinct dialect which is noticeable in the opening when he implies that he doesn’t care if you hear his story because he’s “sure you don’t have all day”. This illustrates his emotional state in the present day by portraying the lack of control over his emotions.

I have used imagery throughout my story such as the emotive metaphor “before i explode” which again implies how the great effect of events to come have affected his emotional state moreover how keeping it to himself has almost ate at him over the years, encouraging the reader to commiserate with him. I have...

Find Another Essay On Supernatural Commentary

The Use of Supernatural Elements in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Kyd's the Spanish Tragedy

1690 words - 7 pages Discuss the usage and effects that the supernatural elements have in both Kyd's `The Spanish Tragedy' and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Ghosts or supernatural beings feature both in The Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd, in 1587, and in Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, in 1601. Ghosts and the supernatural `remind the characters and the audience of the constraints the past places on the present, and also the obligations the living bear to

The Subversive History of American Gothic

1235 words - 5 pages use of supernatural or apparently supernatural machinery, or of pronounced physical or mental horror,” (72). Robert Hume seems to agree with Coad in his article, “Gothic versus Romantic: A Revaluation of the Gothic Novel,” where he claims that, “[t]he key characteristic of the Gothic novel is not its devices, but its atmosphere…one of evil and brooding terror…[for] the Gothic novel uses its atmosphere for ends which are fundamentally psychological

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

3908 words - 16 pages INTRODUCTION Gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts that are given to believers in the church, from the Lord for building up the Church and edifying the body of Christ. These gifts are broken up into different groups, groups that need supernatural intervention and gifts that do not need supernatural intervention, otherwise known as gifts of ministry and gifts of manifestation. These gifts are listed in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Spiritual Power: Emic and Etic Perspectives

1860 words - 7 pages Shamanistic healing is a special practice mainly of the people in Asia. The commentary presented by Yer Moua Xiong is written from a first person perspective to aid in the process of immersing oneself in the culture, and understanding truly what shamanism is all about. One central belief of the Shamans is the ability for the human soul to drift and wander, or even become lost from its host (Xiong 2003: 183). The body can host many souls, of

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Ichabod Crane

1147 words - 5 pages The Legend of Sleepy HollowWashington IrvingThe town of Sleepy Hollow is described as having a dreamy quality to it. The narrator states it has a "listless repose" (993) and the townspeople are described as being of a "peculiar character" (993). Irving has created the perfect setting for a supernatural experience. The town seems to be "under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to

DRacula Chpt. In Depth Summary and Commentary

811 words - 3 pages driver leaves the coach for a time, and the wolves surround it; at his return, however, they disperse. Finally, after a long ascent, they arrive at Castle Dracula. Commentary The first chapter depicts the gradual encroachment of supernatural terror on the rational, mundane world--in other words, a conventional beginning for a horror novel. Jonathan Harker's journal reveals an organized, reasonable man with no discernable superstitions. He is a

The Salem Witch Trials

1693 words - 7 pages Before 1692, the supernatural was a part of people’s everyday normal life. This is so as people strongly believed that Satan was present and active on earth. Men and women in Salem Village believed that all the misfortunes that befell them were the work of the devil. For example, when things like infant death, crop failures or friction among the congregation occurred, people were quick to blame the supernatural. This concept first emerged in

Torn Veil of The Temple and Jesus´ Death

2252 words - 9 pages curtain which protected the Holy of Holies would expose what is not normally seen and the tearing of the outer curtain would have made the temple publicly accessible and would have been a sign of disaster. The use of the passivum divinum (divine passive) indicated the torn veil could not be can not be mended, but was“irreversibly destroyed by a supernatural intervention”. Gurtner suggests we need to consider the implicit and explicit function of

A Beautiful and Inconvenient Reality

1431 words - 6 pages , and it is also one of Ibsen’s most striking uses of realism, a style that he propelled to the forefront of then-modern drama. Prior to Ibsen, most plays included supernatural elements and had characters speak in verse. He made a point of making his plays very realistic, taking place in everyday settings, portraying events that could plausibly happen anywhere, and including everyday conversation. In addition to being realistic, A Doll’s House

Taking The Castle of Otranto as your example, outline the main conventions

1327 words - 5 pages on? Gothic novels purport to revive old stories and beliefs, exploring personal, psychical encounters with the taboo (Williams, 2000). The genre, as typified by The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, involves a beautiful innocent young woman who is held captive by an older, powerful, evil man in his large, ancient and gloomy residence for his own lustful purposes and who escapes, with the aid of supernatural manifestations, errors

Mystery in Charlotte Bronte's Napoleon and the Spectre and Charles Dickens' Signalman

2279 words - 9 pages France who at that time was a leading figure in society, a symbol and trademark of France's important position in the world. Napoleon was a gallant and valiant soldier and he supposedly murdered General Pichegru. In the story Napoleon comes in to contact with a strange supernatural creature who entices him and takes him on a deeply strange tour of the streets of Paris. Napoleon allows himself to be taken on this tour partly due to his

Similar Essays

Nature And Supernatural In Macbeth Essay

2562 words - 10 pages ." A Shakespeare Commentary, Part 1. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co, 1957. 69-128. Harris, Laurie Lanzen, and Scott, Mark W. ed. "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Shakespearean Criticism, Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1986. Hugget, Richard. Supernatural on Stage: The Curse of Macbeth: Its Origins, Background, and History. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co, 1975. 153-211. Lewis, William Dodge. Shakespeare Said It. Syracuse

Ghost Stories Essay

1688 words - 7 pages Ghost stories are a truly timeless form of literature, the ghost, like death, has no end. Stories of the supernatural date back to early ancient manuscripts involving mythology, legend, and religion. The past few centuries have seen the supernatural flourish in Gothic romanticism through tales of fantastic creatures, demonic forces, and parallel dimensions (Scarborough). Interest in the immaterial has provoked many stories involving the

Behemoth And Leviathan Essay

1737 words - 7 pages bull-like monsters appear in Ugaritic and Mesopotamian mythology. The terrifying “Bull of Heaven” let loose by the goddess Ishtar and killed by Gilgamesh and Enkidu is the best example” (New Interpreters Bible 618). Britannica calls the Behemoth powerful, which reinforces the idea of it’s magnificence. According to the Bible Backgrounds Commentary the Leviathan and the Behemoth can only be supernatural because God is the only one that can

D.H. Lawrence's The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

1382 words - 6 pages the Gothic Novel" include a suspenseful atmosphere, supernatural events, and women in distress. These elements mark D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner" with the mysterious atmosphere of the house, Paul's predictions, and the emotional trials of Hester in the Gothic tradition. D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is an example of a Gothic literature due to the eerie atmosphere of the house. Throughout the story, the outside residence