******NO PLAGIARISM WILL BE TOLERATED. PROPER GRAMMAR AND SPELLING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS INCLUDING THE ONES ABOVE, IT WILL RESULT IN A WITHDRAWAL*********Must write a college level paper.Compare and contrast the use of Gothic Elements in two, or all three,of the texts we have been studying: “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, and “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorn. •You may compare and contrast only 2 of the texts if you choose. The rest of the instructions will be posted in a file below.Paper must be in MLA FORMAT and 4-6 pages long. Citations required.
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American Gothic Comparison and Contrast
Compare and contrast the use of Gothic Elements in two, or all three,
of the texts we have been studying: “A Rose for Emily,” by William
Faulkner, “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol
Oates, and “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorn.
• You may compare and contrast only 2 of the texts if you choose.
Dark Romanticism
some characteristics
Southern Gothic
some characteristics
Gothic horror/psychological realism
Some charateristics
Human Fallibility
Psychological realism
Irrationality
The grotesque
High, even overwrought emotion.
sychological realism
sin
Oppression and discrimination
Interior monologues
Self destruction
Isolation / Alienation / Marginalization
Women in distress
Judgement
Irony
arouse feelings of fear, shock or
disgust
Grotesque characters
Irony
arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust
Punishment
Dark humor
Women in Distress
Guilt
The perverse
Transgressive thought, desires,
impulses
Morality
Satan/devils/ ghosts
Outsiders
Supernatural elements
Darkness and decay
Darkness and decay
Omens, portents, visions.
Evil
Violence
Death
Evil
Violence
Death
Evil
Violence
Death
Sense of place
Ambiguous endings
Sense of place
Ambiguous endings
Sense of place
Ambiguous endings
Irony
arouse feelings of fear, shock or
disgust
Thesis Statement
1. Chose what stories you will write about. You may use only two stories.
2. Identify a common theme (the message the author is sending).
3. Identify Gothic Characteristics, as you would literary devices, the
authors have used to communicate the theme.
4. The So What? Why does this theme matter?
Who?
The authors
What?
Deliver this theme /
message
How:
Compare and
Using the same
Contrast
gothic characteristics In largely similar
ways
In unique ways
So What?
Human nature
doesn’t change.
Illustrates the
unchanging nature of
good vs. evil.
Oats, Faulkner, and
Hawthorne
There is no certainty
in life.
Grotesque
characters, sense of
place, ambiguous
endings.
In remarkably similar
ways
Oats and Hawthorne
Evil is inside and
outside of humans.
Psychological realism, In vastly different
grotesque characters, ways.
ambiguous endings,
and irony
Society’s perception
of (theme) changes
with time
Leave the reader
with a sense of the
danger inherent in
life.
In these texts, Oats, Faulkner and Hawthorne display the uncertainty of life through using grotesque
characters, sense of place, and ambiguous endings in remarkably similar ways to illustrate the
unchanging nature of evil.
In these texts, Oats and Hawthorne display that evil is within all people through their vastly different use
of gothic characteristics the grotesque characters, ambiguous endings and irony to warn the reader of
the inherent danger in life.

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