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D. The “Journey” Theme in Southern Gothic Literature 2 or 3 page PAPER (1) The more we learn about Southern Gothic characters, the more we recognize that they do not fit the traditional mold. However...

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D. The “Journey” Theme in Southern Gothic Literature 2 or 3 page PAPER

(1) The more we learn about Southern Gothic characters, the more we recognize that they do not fit the traditional mold. However we can still apply traditional literary themes to the works we have read (and viewed) this Semester. For one thing each protagonist (or antagonist) makes a journey -- be it physical, mental, spiritual or emotional -- that encompasses knowledge gained. The journey may be ruinous in the sense that he or she is destroyed by the experience(s) encountered or the journey may be rewarding in the sense that he or she is strengthened by the experience(s) encountered.

Pick two characters from works read or viewed this Semester and Compare/Contrast the two characters’ journeys within the framework of the four underlined journeys mentioned above. (If you choose a character from Light in August of course you can only talk about the early part of his or her journey). here the two which I choose1. www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Bierce-Chickamauga.pdf2.www.online-literature.com/poe/31/

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(1) The more we learn about Southern Gothic characters, the more we recognize that they do not fit the traditional mold. However we can still apply traditional literary themes to the works we have read (and viewed) this Semester. For one thing each protagonist (or antagonist) makes a journey -- be it physical, mental, spiritual or emotional -- that encompasses knowledge gained. The journey may be ruinous in the sense that he or she is destroyed by the experience(s) encountered or the journey may be rewarding in the sense that he or she is strengthened by the experience(s) encountered.
    The protagonist of Am
ose Pierce’s gothic Civil War story “Chickamauga” is an unnamed six year old boy who first appears in the story with his “new sense of freedom from control, happy in the opportunity of exploration and adventure” (Pierce 18) The na
ative traces his mental and emotional journey from childlike innocence at the opening of the story to complete devastation at the end when he witnesses the death of his mother and the burning of his house. The story can be read as a scathing indictment of war. It is based on the premise that it is not possible to fathom the ho
ors of war unless one witnesses personal losses.
    At the beginning, images of wa
iors and warfare are ironically evoked when the little boy is seen playing with a toy sword and imitating soldiers. The little boy has a romanticized vision of war, and he has learned the "postures of aggression and defense" (18). His initial response to the wounded and bloodied soldiers crawling in the forest is not ho
or but amusement- “To...
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