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Although he dabbled in a number of different genres, including sci-fi and speculative fiction Knighthis fascination with exploring the human mind drove him again and again to write tales of morbidity, melancholia, and monomanias. In doing so, he soon set himself apart as one of the foremost authors of Gothic fiction in America.
It stands to reason, then, that traces of his influence can be found in the works of numerous other authors. Consciously or unconsciously, and regardless of whether they explicitly credited Poe, they drew upon the tropes and topics that he had mastered to serve their own explorations. In terms of setting, his works often conjure up images of crisp autumn evenings in dreary towns, cities, or decaying manses that just might be located somewhere in New England.
But unlike his more modern fellow horror author, H. Lovecraft, Poe was not particularly enamored with the New England states, neither as a specific location for his stories nor as a place to live. Despite his Baltimore birthplace, Poe ardently viewed himself as a bona fide The Way Of The World - Southern Gothic Tales - Modern Man author Knightholding a particular fondness in his heart for Richmond, Virginia.
But this blossoming flower of southern literature never would have seen the sunlight had it not been for the dark, tangled roots established by Poe. No longer would decaying English castles and gloomy Germanic settings be the sole stages upon which Gothic dramas could play out. American states, imaginary societies, and even the high seas were Similak Child (Extended Homogenized Mix) - Black Sheep - Similak Child fair game for this approach.
Poe apparently believed that wherever mankind dwelt or ventured, Gothicism was sure to follow. By setting foreboding introductory scenes that described environments and buildings where events would take place, Poe and these other authors constructed fitting narrative stages that would heighten the horror yet to come.
Poe himself used similar natural descriptions in his stories. A standout example of such a description is included in a dream sequence In Accordance To Natural Law - Bikini Kill - The Singles (File) his sole novel-length work Narrative of A. In the story, Poe seems to imply that although Montresor made a conscious decision to strike back against Fortunato for his alleged insults, he still was following an ancestral precept pressed into him by his upbringing as the scion of a vengeful noble line.
The trope of dysfunctional, sometimes also murderous families is also not an alien concept in Southern Gothic fiction. Howard A myriad of troubles hounds the Compson family, tearing them down from their previous high place in society and pushing them closer to their dissolution as a dynasty.
Roderick and his sister Madeline are the last of their family, and Madeline is expected to soon die of an illness, leaving her brother alone as the final Usher Poe It is these examples that demonstrate the wide range of applications for grotesque descriptions, as practiced both by Poe and by Southern Gothic authors. When Pete takes out his frustrations on Sucker after he is rejected romantically by his classmate Maybelle WattsSucker undergoes a frightening metamorphosis.
As a result of being rejected himself, Sucker retaliates by drawing inward and exchanging his previous great love for Pete with hatred. The rejection and ill-treatment of misfit characters having violent or unpleasant consequences is Fuga IV, BWV 849 - Bach* - Blandine Verlet - Clavecin theme also explored by modern Southern Gothic authors Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, creators of the comic series Southern Bastards.
Earl Tubb left corrupt and violent Craw County some time ago, wanting to get away from his law-preserving The Way Of The World - Southern Gothic Tales - Modern Man father and make his own way in the world. Ultimately, however, Tubb loses his life in a last stand with Boss But the second trade paperback volume, Gridiron, elaborates on the fact that Boss was once as much of a misfit in Craw County as Tubb became.
Despite the fact that it costs him a one-sided relationship with his shiftless, disinterested father Aaron and Latour, Gridiron 65Boss forges a bond with his mentor Big and claws closer to the top of the Craw County hierarchy through football and criminal involvement. Misfit identity and the disillusioned violence it may lead to characterize the world of Southern Bastards, establishing the series as a variation on the time-worn Southern Gothic theme.
His friendship with his countrywoman, Trippetta, who also has dwarfism, is his only consolation in a life filled with personal insults and injustices. Though she is more highly favored than he is, Trippetta still suffers at the hands of her captors. Turning to mental illness, Southern Gothic authors are as R.F.T.R. (Risen From The Rank)* - Ecstasy with the Surveillance Song - Above Ground Pool - Red Green Confuser as Poe is.
It was hot on my chin and on my shirt…They held my head. It was hot inside me, and I began again. Considering these examples, it could be argued that Poe and Southern Gothic writers share a flawed vision of mental illness. In conclusion, Poe and Southern Gothic authors share a pronounced, if at times problematic predilection for writing stories that include misfits and mentally-ill characters; this is one important thematic aspect that unites their literary canons.
In fact, it was this sensationalism that caused some critics to reject the budding Southern Gothic style. Her works often featured con men, ill-intentioned travelers, and even murderers, alongside self-satisfied and moralizing Christians. However, he goes on to simply abandon Lucynell in a diner, coldly telling the boy behind the counter that she is only a hitchhiker As a result, it may not ring true to all readers of all philosophies, though perhaps it was not meant to.
In sum, it would seem that both The Way Of The World - Southern Gothic Tales - Modern Man and Southern Gothic authors do not indulge in sensationalism for its own sake. And without that Southern Gothic literary foundation, Aaron and Latour would not have been able to infuse as much menacing cultural, philosophical power into their depiction of corrupted Craw County and its sordid domestic dramas. But it is only fitting that some of the darkest pieces in American Gothic fiction took flight like a proverbial raven from the southern states, the region that Poe himself fondly called home.
After all, history has left the south a number of dark events, deaths, and destruction to deal with in its wake. Just as Poe drew attention to the realities of mental illness and other often unpleasant subjects through his writing, so too did Southern Gothic writers seek to draw attention to the idiosyncrasies, flaws, and tensions within southern culture.
Perhaps Poe would be proud to know that just as he never forgot the time he spent in Richmond, Virginia, authors in the southern United States never did forget him. The very existence of the Southern Gothic genre, if nothing else, proves this to be so. Aaron, Jason, and Jason Latour. Image Comics, Adams, Rachel. Christian Jones, Paul. Fowler, Doreen. Gordon, Adam. McCullers, Carson.
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