This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Woman In White, By Wilkie Collins

1520 words - 6 pages

The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins, is a successful gothic novel
of the 19th century. It is a 3-volume novel; each volume (epoch)
finishing with the reader eagerly waiting to read the next one, therefore
there are many unanswered questions, in or...

The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins, is a successful gothic novel of
the 19th century. It is a 3-volume novel; each ‘volume’ (epoch)
finishing with the reader eagerly waiting to read the next one,
therefore there are many unanswered questions, in order for the reader
to continue reading. There is a lot of mystery involved up until the
very end of the whole story, where everything is then revealed; ‘The
Woman In White’ is a good example of how mystery and suspense are used
by the cliff-hangers that are present.

The contents for a gothic novel conventionally contain an innocent
heroine (Laura Fairlie/Anne Catherick), villain (Sir Percival Glyde)
and a hero (Walter Hartwright/Marian Holocomb). Generally gothic
novels had a transgression where everything went against god and all
that was good. It had excessive reactions and ideas, for example the
villain was truly evil, and the heroine was weak and feeble and needed
rescuing, they were incapable of independent action. They were
sublime, awe-inspiring and beyond life, they were fantasy ideas.
However ‘The Woman In White’ fits into the Excess category, where the
characters are exaggerated into their roles, and a lot of mystery and
suspense is created.

Typically gothic novels are set in large and intimidating buildings
like a castle, like in this case, Blackwater Park, or they are very
isolated, like Limmeridge. Supernatural or inexplicable events may
take place, which create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. The
women in the novel are in distress and are normally threatened by a
powerful, impulsive and tyrannical male villain. In ‘The Woman In
White’, Laura is a prime example of this stereotypical role, as she
needs to be saved by Walter, the hero, from Sir Percival, the
villain. There is a sense of gloom and horror in gothic novels and
‘The Woman In White’ conveys this through the very dark and depressing
section towards the end of the 2nd epoch, where Lady Glyde dies, and
the many talks of death by Percival and Fosco.

At Blackwater Park, some blood is witnessed; this can be seen as a
foreshadowing of events to come later on in the story. Their
conversation is of criminals and murderers, another foreshadowing, pg

“It looks just the place for murder, doesn’t it?”

The setting is greatly influential in Gothic novels; it not only
invokes the atmosphere of horror and dread, but also the deterioration
of the world. The environment of Blackwater Park is very gloomy, dark
and sinister and so this fits perfectly, not only with the Gothic
style, but also with the conversation of murder. They talk of a
perfect place for where a murder could take occur, Percival saying
that the lake is a...

Find Another Essay On The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins

Female Roles Challenged by Charles dickens and Wilkie Collins

1399 words - 6 pages masculine features do not denote her to anything under Laura, and even though her life is different, she is still definitely admirable. Dickens takes a more sympathetic approach to his challenging actions, by including a prostitute with a heart of gold and forcing readers to see her as more than just a prostitute, but also as a human being with a good heart and kind soul. Works Cited Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White. New York, NY: Barnes

The Ways in Which Wilkie Collins Builds Up a Sense of Mystery and Suspense in His Short Stories

2303 words - 9 pages reader is kept in suspense beyond the end of the story; "Who can tell?" and it is therefore left to the imagination of the reader to come to a conclusion. Another device used by Wilkie Collins in his short stories is the use of tenses. In all three of the stories that I have studied, he uses direct speech that was said in the past tense. This allows the reader to hear the speech as it is being spoken. For example in 'A

Imperial Resistance in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone

785 words - 3 pages which consolidated the dominance of the East India Company in colonial India. The Moonstone first appeared in serial form on January 4th 1868 by which time myths and facts about the British termed ‘mutiny’ of 1857 were firmly entrenched in the national consciousness. Amidst the widespread repercussions of the events of the mutiny was a loss of former power on the part of the same company. Through his evocation of these memories Wilkie Collins

Themes in the Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins

840 words - 4 pages Katniss is the main character in the novel, The Hunger Games. The author of this book is Suzanna Collins. Katniss is a 16 year old who has been chosen with 23 other tributes. In my class we have studied themes and key ideas such as Power of the Capitol, Competition against other tributes and Sacrifice for what Katniss acts and does in the Hunger Games. There are many themes but I have chosen these 3 because they show the most emotions and power

The Lanyard by Billy Collins

862 words - 4 pages of the topics he describes within his poetry. The literary journey that Collins takes his readers when they read his poetry instills an assortment of powerful emotions. While acting as the poet laureate for the United States of America in 2001, he was asked by congress to write a poem recognizing the attacks on 9/11. The name of the poem is called “The Names” and it provokes a sense patriotism, sadness, and unity as Americans among the readers

Traditions in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

1028 words - 5 pages whoever is victorious will live a life of riches and freedom whereas in one family member is chosen to be stoned to death. These two stories have one major difference. While The Hunger Games are a punishment, The Lottery is a result of tradition. The stories contain scapegoating by the characters trying to escape their fate by anyway possible including selfishness. Both of these stories demonstrate the meaning of tradition, scapegoating, and

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

901 words - 4 pages The Hunger Games novel written by Suzanne Collins reflects significant issues in the reality world nowadays which relate to the humanity, the poverty, the violence,… It describes the issues through the characters and what happens in the story, and the most significant issue occurs throughout the novel is the gap between rich and poor people. In the beginning of the novel, Suzanne Collins describes clearly the scene of the poverty, the terrible

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

1467 words - 6 pages The Hunger Games is a fantastic science fiction novel by the great and renowned American writer Suzanne Collins. This book is written in the voice of sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol is considered as the highly advanced metropolis as because this capitol exercises political control on rest of the nation. The Hunger Games in the book is the annual event in which one boy and one girl

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

2046 words - 8 pages that the “superior” ones were correct in their actions. Actions have influenced many people’s thoughts as well, more importantly violent actions. This has caused a distance to be cast between different classes and races. Segregation has contributed to the advancement of humanity, but its cost, in pain and suffering, is too great and the ideology of the segregators is flawed in many ways. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, has two adaptations in

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2388 words - 10 pages adapted into a motion picture by Lionsgate with Suzanne Collins serving as part of the developmental team as the co-writer in 2012. With Collins` influence on the script, the plot of both the novel and the movie are relatively similar; however, there are still a few key differences between the novel and the movie adaptation. Due to the immense detail the book is written with, there are several differences and twists that convey a different set of

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - 1182 words

1182 words - 5 pages , in the book it rained in the arena continuously, non-stop. This affected Katniss’s and Peeta’s survival. This goes to show there are differences and similarities between a book and movie, sometimes more than another, but I definitely prefer the book of The Hunger Games instead of the movie! Works Cited The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Similar Essays

Suspenseful Plot In Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White

2213 words - 9 pages The nineteenth century mystery novel The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins excites the reader with detailed descriptions and a suspenseful plot. The testimony of multiple characters reveals the story of Laura Fairlie’s arranged marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Percival’s friend, Count Fosco, is at his side, and Marian Halcombe, Laura’s half-sister, is at her side. Walter Hartright, a watercolor artist, finds himself residing with Laura

For The Love Of Money: The Women In White By Wilkie Collins

1246 words - 5 pages Wilkie Collins’ The Women in White begins in the perspective of Walter Hartright, a drawing master who has recently taken a job and is on his way. While traveling he helps a woman in white named Anne Catherick. Hartright thinks nothing of the encounter except that he found it odd the she was dressed in all white. But he later finds out that she has escaped from an asylum and is on the run. After finally arriving and prospering at his new job

Wilkie Collins "The Moonstone" Essay

7136 words - 29 pages Wilkie Collins(1824 - 1889)Although Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular novelists of his day, his reputation now rests on the novels "The Woman in White" and "The Moonstone." An expert in mystery, suspense and crime, he is often regarded as the inventor of the detective story.The eldest son of the landscape artist William Collins RA, Wilkie Collins was born in London, Marylebone in 1824. He came from a family of artists. His brother

The Woman In White Essay

1443 words - 6 pages `out of the earth', otherworldly, her white garments, too, evoking a ghostly overtone. The text, here, highlights yet subtler aspects of sensationalism which I wish to discuss. Walter comes to a point where there is a network of roads, where `four roads met'. The number of directions in which he can travel mirrors the multi-faceted and intricate plot of Wilkie Collins' novel. This importance of plot has become - rightly or wrongly - a