Analyze “The Haunting of the Hill House” and “Dorian Gray” relating to how and why they leave scary things ambiguous?
A war exists at the heart of Shirley Jackson`s novel The Haunting of Hill House – a war between supernatural and psychological phenomena. At the start of the novel, a group of individuals with psychic sensitivities is recruited by anthropologist – and closet parapsychologist – Doctor Montague to spend a summer at the “evil” mansion, delving into the house`s terrifying mysteries as part of an experiment which Montague hopes will validate his research in the field of paranormal activity. Through their adventures at Hill House, Jackson shows how each individual is also at the mercy of the horrors that dwell within his or her own mind. Jackson shows how each individual is also at the mercy of the horrors that dwell within his or her own mind. Jackson argues that the traumas, illusions, and terrors lurking within the human psyche are often more frightening than ghosts or hauntings, and that the line between supernatural and psychological phenomena is often blurry and porous.