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Shemar final essay

Shemar Tyrell

ENG 3407

Professor Scanlan

Haunting Of The Hill House

Pointed arch, ribbed vault and flying buttress are just three of the many elements that makes a space gothic. Imagine being stuck in a place with these elements or even staying the night. An experience like that would surely drive a person mad or just change their personality and their interactions as a whole, wether its with people or themselves. We can see this in Shirly Jackson “the haunting of the hill house”.

The main protagonist Eleanor can be seen as someone influenced by a gothic space. When we were first introduced to her, she was stuck taking care of her mother for 11 years. After her mom passed she received an invitation to the hill house. At the very moment she arrived she senses evil coming from the house. Now when we talk about a gothic space informing a characters action, the hill house fits this perfectly. The house literally speaks to Eleanor like its alive. For example when there was mysterious writing on the wall written in blood. “Can you read it?” Luke asked softly, and the doctor, moving his flashlight, read slowly: HELP ELEANOR COME HOME. No. And Eleanor felt the words stop in her throat; she had seen her name as the doctor read it. It is me, she thought. It is my name standing out there so clearly; I should not be on the walls of this house. “Wipe it off, please ,”(6;5) . When Eleanor sees this she becomes more frightened then she did when she arrived. So how can a woman who fears this place so much would want to stay after everything? The house basically changed Eleanor from a fearful person ,who felt trapped all her life and looking for freedom, to a fearless and deranged person. “They waved back at her dutifully, standing still, watching her. They will watch me down the drive as far as they can see, she thought; it is only civil for them to look at me until I am out of sight; But I won’t go, she thought, and just by telling me to go away they can’t make me leave, not if Hill House means me to stay. “Go away, Eleanor,” she chanted aloud, “go away, Eleanor, we don’t want you any more, not inour Hill House, go away, Eleanor, you can’t stayhere ; but I can,” she sang, “but I can;they don’t make the rules aroundhere . They can’t turn me out or shut me out or laugh at me or hide from me; I won’t go, and Hill House belongs to me ” (9;9). Eleanor goes from fearing the house to not wanting to leave. whatever haunted the house basically changed her and attracted her to it.

The hill house is, without a doubt, haunted. Based on the wikipedia definition, A haunted house is a house where supernatural events are believed to take place. It can contain ghosts or spirits of dead people. Based on my opinion, I would say that the events that took place in the house was more marvelous and uncanny than anything else. “Hill House itself, not sane, stood against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, its walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone” (9;9). This brief description of the home is a perfect representation of something uncanny. usually when we think of haunted houses we think of dirty moldy walls, darkness, and weird sounds. the hill house was described as a place that holds darkness yet the interior is neat and well built. Whats more mysterious and extraordinary then a clean home haunted by something paranormal. “

Even though the hill house is a scary, unsettling place Eleanor doesn’t want to leave, why? there were a few instances that reminded Eleanor of the home and her mother that she wanted to escape from. wether it was a noise or a paranormal event. for example, Coming, mother, coming,” Eleanor said, fumbling for the light. “It’s all right, I’m coming.”Eleanor , she heard,Eleanor . “Coming, coming,” she shouted irritably, “just a minute , I’mcoming Then she thought, with a crashing shock which brought her awake, cold and shivering, out of bed and awake:I am in Hill House.”(4;6). This quote is significant because Eleanors mother died and she became so used to taking care of her she started to hear her voice. I feel like this represents gothic homesickness because even though her mother passed away she still feels anxious about helping her. she still felt like she was at home when in reality she was still at the hill house.

in conclusion, the haunting of the hill house depicted many gothic elements such as gothic architecture, uncanny, gothic homesickness, and marvelous. The house changed Eleanor so much with its mysterious and extraordinary aspects. she went from a person that felt trapped and fearful to a person who actually fell in love with the thing she feared the most. The hill house.

Shemar’s gothic space

this is my boiler room in the basement. The picture was taken with the camera flash on
this Is when the flash is off. That little round figure is the light that barely works.
this is the sound it makes.

The gothic space I chose was the boiler room in my basement. If your home alone this room we feel like something straight out of a horror movie. when we talk about something being uncanny, I feel like this room represents it. its so unsettlingly mysterious, probably because of how dark and congested it is. This room is packed with items because we also store things like suitcases, tables, and other items that we put away in the winter. you never know if you was to move anything what could pop out at you. Wether its a spider or any kind of bug. I wouldn’t stick around to find out. the noise that room makes just tops everything off. It sounds just like the suspenseful music they play in horror movies when something is about jump scare you. Now I’m not trying to say the room is haunted but the sound resembles horror movies so much you could say it is haunted. My room is actually right next door to the boiler room. Imagine laying in your room in complete darkness and hearing a sound like that. This room reminds me of the animated version of the fall of the house of usher. in the beginning, it shows the house having cracks in the walls and being surrounded by darkness just like this room.

The Conjuring 2

I chose this specific scene from the conjuring 2 because it portrayed a lot of gothic elements. for example, the supernatural was shown in this clip. A demonic nun is seen terrorizing Lorraine as she tries to figure out where that noise is coming from. now when we think of nuns, we see holy, and good hearted woman but in this movie the nun is a demon like creature. what makes this clip even more gothic is the atmosphere. its very mysterious, dark, and suspenseful, even the music they play in the background that leads to complete silence can lead to you looking away from the screen before something scary even occurs. at the end when the nun chases loraine to the to the other side of the room, she lands in a basement like area. its dark, gloomy, and mysterious making it even more terrorizing. whats more gothic than being in a dark room by yourself staring into the eyes of a demon in the form of a nun. the conjuring 2 was rated #6 in best horror movies in 2016 because of its interesting plot, relentless jump scares, and just scary overall.

midterm essay

Shemar Tyrell 

Professor Scanlan  

ENG 3407 Gothic Literature   

October 25, 2020 

Midterm essay 

                                                     Is change worth the risk? 

     In both novels, “the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde” by Robert louis Stevenson and “the black cat” by Edgar Allen poe , both characters dr.jekyll and the narrator of the black cat shared significant similarities but also shared some differences. Both of these characters started out as nice individuals but changed drastically towards the end of the novels. Both characters portrayed gothic emotions such as violence, passion, and cruelty. 

     In “the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde” dr.jekyll was a physician and a very prosperous one at that. Throughout the story he battles with the good side of himself and the bad side. That’s when we are introduced to mr.hyde who is basically jekyll’s alter ego. Jekyll develops a potion that allows him to separate his good and evil persona at will, but this did not work In his favor because Eventually hyde took over. One example of gothic emotions portrayed by Hyde is cruelty. “well sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing, for the man tramples calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground”(chapter 2). This shows cruelty for both jekyll and hyde. Although it wasn’t really dr.jekyll who walked over the child’s body it was his creation. Both stories also potray gothic irony. 

     The story black cat is based off the narrator who writes the novel from his jail cell after the events transpired. The narrator describes himself  as a very compliant person that had a love for animals. He married young and owned a lot of pets. His favorite was a his black cat pluto. The narrator begins to suffer from mood swings due to the facts that he had a obvious drinking problem. He comes home drunk one night and lashes out at pluto and cuts the cat eye. He wakes up the next morning feeling remorseful. Just like jekyll, he has two different personas due to an addictive drug, Only in this case its alcohol. He continues to be violent by killing the cat and later on kills his wife until he loses complete control of himself. This also shows the gothic emotion of cruelty and violence 

     The importance of violence and cruelty when comparing these two characters is too show the similarity between their disconsolate ending. Both characters change for the worst after starting off as good. Although their reasons are different,  they end up on the same path of darkness and despair. Jekyll wanted to be able to control his good and dark side at will but went about it the wrong way by taking a potion that he became addicted to. Now look at him, stuck as hyde with no hope of ever returning to his normal self. He became violent and cruel, Hurting and even killing people for no reason at all just like the narrator of black cat. His change, just like jekylls, was unintentional. I say that because after he got married he fell into the darker side of him and alcohol is to blame. I don’t believe that his intentions was to become an alcoholic, but just like jekyll he took something that he became addicted too. He begins to abuse his pets and his wife and soon kills them. 

     Another gothic element both these stories contain is gothic irony. Both texts had unexpected events that the readers were surprised about. We see this in the black cat when the narrator cuts out plutos eye. “I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity”(page 5). When we first learned about the narrator one of the biggest aspect of him was his love for animals. Knowing his cat pluto was his favorite, we did not expect him to do something so horrific to it. In “ the strange case of dr.jekyll and hyde” we see gothic irony when find out that hyde is actually jekyll counter part. We find this out when utterson reads jekylls confession letter. “I will say but one thing, Utterson, and that (if you can bring your mind to credit it) will be more than enough. The creature who crept into my house that night was, on Jekyll’s own confession, known by the name of Hyde and hunted for in every corner of the land as the murderer of Carew.”(chapter 9). We would never had suspected jekyll to be hyde because if his kind, good mannered nature but when we were shocked to find out that he is also a cruel murderous creature by the name of hyde. 

     To conclude, both characters show similar features and because of that they lead themselves to a world of despair and darkness. Jekyll who was nice and civilized at first was taken over by his own creation and became a violent and cruel person. He couldn’t stop drinking that addictive potion. And that’s what lead to his demise. The narrator of black cat started out the same way as jekyll. The only difference was his love for animals. But like jekyll he too changed into a violent and cruel person. The only difference was that his potion was alcohol. Both stories as a whole even showed similarities. They both showed character development and downfall in the same manner. 

comparison essay first draft

Shemar Tyrell 

Is change worth the risk? 

     In both novels, “the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde” by Robert louis Stevenson and “the black cat” by Edgar Allen poe , both characters dr.jekyll and the narrator of the black cat shared significant similarities but also shared some differences. Both of these characters started out as nice people but changed drastically towards the end of the novels. Both characters portrayed gothic emotions such as violence, passion, and cruelty. 

     In “the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde” dr.jekyll was a physician and a very prosperous one at that. Throughout the story he battles with the good side of himself and the bad side. That’s when we are introduced to mr.hyde who is basically jekyll’s alter ego. Jekyll develops a potion that allows him to separate his good and evil side at will but this did not work In his favor. Eventually hyde took over. One example of gothic emotions portrayed by Hyde is cruelty. “well sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing, for the man tramples calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground”(2.49). This shows cruelty for both jekyll and hyde. Although it wasn’t really dr.jekyll who walked over the child’s body it was his creation. 

     The story black cat is based off the narrator who writes the novel from his jail cell after the events transpired. The narrator describes himself  as a very compliant person that had a love for animals. He married young and owned a lot of pets. His favorite was a his black cat pluto. The narrator begins to suffer from mood swings due to the facts that he had a obvious drinking problem. He comes home drunk one night and lashes out at pluto and cuts the cat eye. He wakes up the next morning feeling remorseful. Just like jekyll, he has two different personas due to an addictive drug. Only in this case its alcohol. He continues to be violent by killing the cat and later on kills his wife until he loses complete control of himself. This also shows the gothic terms violence and cruelty 

shemar gothic coffee house #3

when we talk about redemption we often mean the act of atoning ones mistake. dr. jekyll can be used as an example as a redeemed character. in chapter 10, Dr Jekyll confesses in a letter that he created mr.hyde with a potion he invented. the potion brings out jekyll dark side and his lightside. jekyll knowing about the murders that Hyde committed did not sit right with his conscience. he knew Hyde was a evil being that he created. he wanted to fix his mistake but Hyde became too powerful and eventually took over. knowing he was gonna meet his demise very soon jekyll could only do what he was able to do. he wrote a letter confessing the whole truth to redeem him self for his actions and all the evil and bloodshed that came with it

Goffic coffeehouse #2

in chapter 3, dr. jekyll has a small dinner party which according to the text he throws regularly. amongst the people invited mr.utterson is the last to leave. he decides to stay back and have a chat with dr.jekyll. mr. utterson reveals to dr.jekyll that he does not approve the terms in his will when he seen that dr.jekyll will leave Hyde his rights when he passes. I don’t ask that,’” pleaded Jekyll, laying his hand upon the other’s arm; “’I only ask for justice; I only ask you to help him for my sake, when I am no longer here.’ when dr. jekyll says “him” he is referring to Hyde .

this is ironic because throughout the chapters so far Hyde is being described as this hideous evil man. its strange for dr.jekyll to leave his wealth with a man thats described the way he is In the book. dr. jekyll when asked about Hyde refers to him as “poor Hyde”. we can infer that he feels sorry for Hyde. maybe we don’t know the full story behind this “evil” man.

shemar coffee house

this summer wasn’t really exciting for me. I was planning to go to Florida but that was canceled due to obvious reasons. all I did really was work and spend time with my family. I work as a medical courier and delivered medication since the pandemic started. I have to say I have never seen little to no traffic in ny up until now. I also played basketball at home in my backyard since all the parks were closed. but other than those things, this summer was a bummer.

my favorite reading was “the black cat” because of the interesting storyline. an alcoholic kills his cat only to be followed by a cat that looks exactly like the one he killed. this drives him even more insane. the story line is dark and twisted in a way and thats why it interests me.