Compare the elements of Gothic Literature in both "Ligeia" and "The Raven" by Poe?Gothic  is focusing on dark, mysterious, terrifying events. The story unfolds at one or more...

Compare the elements of Gothic Literature in both "Ligeia" and "The Raven" by Poe?

Gothic  is focusing on dark, mysterious, terrifying events. The story unfolds at one or more spooky sites. In some Gothic novels, characters imagine that they see ghosts and monsters. The weather in a Gothic novel is often dreary or foul.

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"The Raven" is set in a darkly-lit house, on the edge of the ocean, during a windy night.  One character is a speaking raven, who has appeared out of nowhere and seems to be answering the narrator's questions with an applicable "Nevermore".  The raven rests quietly and refuses to leave.  The narrator interprets it as a sign of his grief, and he is left feeling despondent.

In "Ligeia", the narrator is obsessed with death.  In the story, the wife supernaturally rises from the dead.  The setting ends up in a lonely and abandoned abbey in England where light is obstructed because of the lead in the windows.  Furniture that appears to change shape, and the narrator's feeling that a shadow is following his wife about also enhance the gothic nature of this story.

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