Choose ONE of the following essay questions to write a two-page, seven paragraph minimum essay based on Southern Gothic literature:

1.Why and how is the Southern landscape important in Southern Gothic literature? What does the Southern landscape represent or embody in this tradition?

2.In what ways do Southern Gothic writers conceive of Southern identity as separate from Northern identity? What’s the relationship between Southern identity and American identity, as a whole?

3.Why do the macabre and the grotesque play such a prominent role in this literary tradition? What do these sinister or disturbing elements represent or suggest about Southern identity?

The stories and drama discussed both in and out of class are as follows:

  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
  • “Good Country People”
  • “Why I Live at the P.O.”
  • “A Rose for Emily”
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Reminder: The thesis statement must be placed at the end of the introductory paragraph with at least six sentences in the body paragraphs.


Dec. 2 – Final draft