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Literary Analysis Essay

Discuss the ways in which one of these elements—the setting, or an unreliable narrator—creates a sense of horror in one of the following stories. Make sure you relate your chosen element in meaningful ways to other significant elements in the story (character, plot, symbols, figurative language, etc.), as appropriate.

You must cite from two outside scholarly sources in your essay. You must locate these sources via either the JSTOR or Project Muse databases, which you can access via the WLAC library website using your LACCD login credentials. You may not cite from Wikipedia, Sparknotes, or websites found via general Google searches. Setting • “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner • “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell

• “Afterward” by Edith Wharton • “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe Unreliable Narrator • “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe • “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Setting: In gothic fiction, the element of setting assumes a prominence beyond its usual role in most stories that is disturbing. Why? What makes it a “gothic” (horror-inducing) place and/or space? What themes are implied by the detailed descriptions of Poe’s gothic places/spaces? Are the places/spaces symbolic? Of what? What language describing the places/spaces suggests those ideas? To what extent could the gothic places/spaces, perhaps, be considered active participants in the stories? In what ways? Can the descriptions of the settings be read as a projection or reflection or revelation of the character’s psychological state, perhaps of his/her sub-conscious? 

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