The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays, especially in the Gothic literary tradition.
From one of the pieces assigned in the Module 4 Readings, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society.
In a 1,000-1,250-word critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Include the following:
1. Name of the piece, its author, and the character you will analyze.
2. In what way is the character in opposition to his or her society?
3. Analyze the conflict and answer the following questions:
4. What are the moral or ethical implications for the individual?
5. What are the moral or ethical implications for the society?
6. How does this writing reflect the Gothic literary tradition?
• "Young Goodman Brown," by Hawthorne.
• "Preface to The House of the Seven Gables," by Hawthorne.
• "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Philosophy of Composition," by Poe.
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