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The Gothic Novel

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The Gothic Novel

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The Gothic Novel

  1. 1. The Gothic Novel Sofia Montoya,Trinidad Torrendell, Clara Allende and Eugenia Kenny
  2. 2. Main explanation: Stories that combine elements from horror and romanticism. The Gothic novel often deals with supernatural events, or events occurring in nature that cannot be easily explained or over which man has no control, and it typically follows a plot of suspense and mystery. The setting of this stories is gloomy or decaying. Such as castles, which is the most common one.
  3. 3. History and main writers: This kind of novel started in England with “Castle of Otranto” written by Horace Walpole in 1765. He was followed by Ann Radcliffe who wrote “Mysteries of Udolpho” in 1794. These novels are among the best examples of the genre. A different type of Gothic Novel which exploited horror and violence appeared in Germany and was taken to England by Matthew Gregory Lewis who wrote “The Monk” in 1796. Other landmarks of gothic fiction are William Beckford’s “Vathek” (1786) and Charles Robert Maturin’s “Melmoth the Wanderer” (1820). The classic horror stories “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker are in the gothic tradition but introduce the nature of humankind as mystery and terror.
  4. 4. Characteristics: ❖ Mystery: Gothic novels always have an atmosphere of mystery which keeps the reader hooked to the plot. ❖ Setting: These novels are generally set in drafty monasteries, windy moors, underground passages, rotting mansions or dark castles at the top of a hill with lightning streaking across the sky. ❖ The Supernatural and the Sublime: Vampires, ghosts, demons and monsters appear as characters in gothic novels.
  5. 5. ❖ The Fallen Hero: He is a typical character in gothic novels. He has his own rules and is a rebel with his own cause. His decisions have an internal logic dependent on the character's own moral code. ❖ Isolation: The main characters are generally isolated. For example, the lady in distress rarely has family or friends who care about her. ❖ Catholicism vs Anglicanism: Lots of gothic novels are anti-catholic . it is the history of peasants with pitchforks , witches burned at the stake and inquisitions. Most of these novels defended anglicanism.

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