Drawing on what you’ve learned about gothic literature this week, which two stories of the three that we read this week ( “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” or “The Black Cat”) best exemplify the genre of gothic literature? Why? What specific elements of the gothic do these two stories contain? Finally, you must also explain why the other story did not, in your opinion, fit the gothic genre as well as the other two. Your post should be 600-750 words in length.
Your post, which is essentially a short essay, should include an introduction (Links to an external site.) that introduces the topic and ends with a clearly worded, 1-2 sentence thesis statement. (Links to an external site.) Each supporting paragraph (there should be at least 3) should begin with a strong topic sentence (Links to an external site.) and should incorporate evidence, including direct quotations from assigned secondary scholarly sources, such as my introductory lecture, the introduction to American Gothic Literature, and/or the relevant entries from Literary Gothic Terms. Direct quotations should be incorporated using the quotation sandwich method (Links to an external site.) and proper MLA in-text citations (Links to an external site.). The essay should also contain a strong conclusion (Links to an external site.). Again, your post should be 600-750 words in length.
Offer thoughtful feedback on at least 2 of your classmates’ posts. If a classmate has already received 2 responses, please find another classmate’s post that hasn’t. You may disagree, agree, or both, but your response should be substantive. Why do you agree or disagree? What additional evidence can you offer to support or refute your classmates’ responses to the questions?
Each response post should be 100-150 words in length. Please post your responses no later than 11:59pm on Sunday. Failure to respond to classmates’ posts will result in a lowered grade for the assignment.
Tips for Posting to the Discussion Board:
To submit your discussion board post, click “Reply” at the bottom (this tab is located under these instructions). After that, when you’re done composing your initial post, you’ll click “post reply” (I advise that you first compose your post in a Word document, save it to your computer, and then copy and paste the entry–that way, you don’t risk losing your work). Once others have submitted their initial posts, you’ll be able to view those and reply to the summary of your choice.