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Gothic novel

  1. 1. The Gothic Novel By: Olivia Obligado
  2. 2. Definition And Background Of The Genre ● The Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that perfectly combines fiction and horror, death, and at times, romance. ● Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto, subtitled (in its second edition) "A Gothic Story". ● The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century.
  3. 3. Common Settings of Gothic Novels ● A typical gothic story is set in and around a castle, graveyard, cave, convent, monastery, church, cathedral, chapel or dungeon. The setting is key to the success of the story.
  4. 4. Specific Features of the Gothic Novel ● Gloomy, decaying setting (haunted houses or castles with secret passages, trapdoors, and other mysterious architecture) ● Supernatural beings or monsters (ghosts, vampires, zombies, giants) ● Curses or prophecies ● Damsels in distress ● Heroes ● Romance ● Intense emotions
  5. 5. Typical Characters Presented in The Gothic Novels ● The Black Widow ● The Boastful Man Who Challenges the Devil ● The Brutal Ruffian ● The Circus Freak ● The Criminal Anatomist ● The Cruel Relative ● The Deformed Henchman ● The Deluded Heretic ● The Desperate Debtor ● The Desperate Drug Fiend ● The Diseased or Deformed Beggar ● The Disgusting Cannibal ● The Duplicitous Conspirator ● The Evil Nobleman ● The Exotic Slave ● The Feisty Woman Disguised As a Man
  6. 6. Plot Structure ● The Events in a Gothic Novel tends to take place at night, or sunless environment. ● The actions are related to falling of a precipice, entering secret passages or hidden doors. Their must be events that create a total atmosphere of tension and mystery. ● In the story there could be cemeteries, ghosts, a family curse, demonic possession, black magic, madness, physical decay, torture, etc.
  7. 7. Elements that enhance the gothic mood ● Howling wind ● Driving rain ● Eerie sounds ● Creaking doors ● Approaching footsteps ● Clanking chains ● Lights going on and off ● Doors slamming shut ● Distant baying or howling ● Crazed laughter
  8. 8. Examples Some Examples are: ● The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (1764) ● Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) ● Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853) ● Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) ● Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (1938)
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