Perspectives

Literary perspective

The short story “The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft is a gothic story

In gothic stories, the setting is often an old castle, church, or graveyard, whi…

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Works in the same genre or with the same theme

The short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe is also a gothic story. If you compare Poe’s story with “The Outsider”, you could choose to focus on some common elements. For example, Poe introduces supernatural elements subtly, as he suggests that cats might be witches able to transform into animals. The main character, who is also the narrator, is mysterious and unreliable and might be mentally ill. However, the style of language of the two stories differs, as Poe’s story is more fragmented. 

The short story “Troll Bridge” by Neil Gaiman explores the theme of loneliness. I…

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