RETHINKING POE AND WHARTON: FORESHADOWING IN THE STRUCTURE OF GOTHIC STORIES: SIMILARITIES IN EDGAR ALLAN POE’S AND EDITH WHARTON’S SHORT NARRATIVES

Caroline Navarrina de Moura, Lis Yana de Lima Martinez

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Edgar Alan Poe and Edith Wharton found a way to give their own stories more realistic descriptions and details. The objectives of this research paper are to compare Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado (1846) and Wharton’s Roman Fever (1934) to know how these tales are structured, to describe how their methods works and how similar they can be. To meet these objectives, both stories were read and analysed so that every foreshadowing clue could be detached from the texts and organized in two tables, Group (1), concerning physical elements, such as titles, names of characters, and objects described, and Group (2), concerning events that took important roles in the stories, such as past events and confessions of the hideous crimes. After gathering all this information together, it was possible to compare those two tables and realise that both authors do have a particular way of thinking about the logic behind the plots by leaving clues throughout the stories that may be only recognized when the reader gets to the end.

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comparative analysis, gothic motifs, Edith Wharton, Edgar Alan Poe

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