The Landlady Research Paper

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Imagine that you're reading a horror story in the dark using a flashlight. There a certain things that make it a horror story, these are the elements of a horror story. They are setting, suspense, good vs evil, a monster, supernatural, reader knows more than characters, and the plot is more important than the characters. “The Landlady” is not a horror story, because it does not contain many of the elements a horror story requires. “The Landlady” is not a horror story for many reasons, and one of them is that there is no internal or external monster. She is not a monster she is just a very crazy and mentally incompetent taxidermist. Although she is crazy she is not a monster in the way that the monkey paw or Frankenstein. The definition of a monster is an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening. “The Landlady” is described as nice lady about forty to fifty years old with a pleasant smile. Along the same lines there is nothing supernatural in “The Landlady”. Even though he feels compelled to go in the house, it does not allude to a supernatural force. If he is in a cold dreary city, then a house with a fire and …show more content…
In a”Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Monkey’s Paw” the reader knows more than the characters. In “The Monkey’s Paw” you know that the characters should not wish with it, but they do. In a “Tell-Tale Heart” you know that he is crazy, but he doesn't think he is. However in “The Landlady” there is no situation where the reader knows more than the characters. You find out things just as Billy, the main character, finds out what is happening throughout the story. One example of this is how Billy knows more than the reader is when he has a recollection of Gregory W. Temple and Christopher Mulholland, but the readers have no knowledge of who he is. This is one of the reasons that “The Landlady” is not a horror