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Gothic elements

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Catherine Ray

on 2 November 2014

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Transcript of Gothic elements

Wild and desolate landscapes
Ruined Abbeys (monastery/convent)
Feudal Halls
Medieval castles with dungeons
The following elements were likely to be found in the l9th century gothic stories. You can expect to find this sort of thing in most of Edgar Allen Poe’s work, including his detective stories.
Gothic Origins
The scary stories that we enjoy today had their first flowering in English literature in the beginning of the l9th century. At that time, such scary stories and novels were termed “Gothic” to refer back to the Middle Ages, a time seen as barbaric (the original meaning of gothic), unlike the “enlightened” time of the present.
Characters
Wicked Tyrants (tyrannical older men)
Persecuted maidens
Werewolves
Perambulating skeletons
Other Gothic Characters
Priests
Monks
A heroine with a trembling sensitivity and impetuous lover
Heroines and heroes in incredible danger
Gothic Elements, Subjects, and Themes
Cats
Bats
Wolves
What is Gothic Literature?
Gothic

Elements

Its important role is to exemplify humanity’s deepest, darkest fears and otherwise unspeakable evils – both in the real world and in one’s imagination.
Gothic Elements
Supernatural Elements
Spooky effects and haunting specters
Demonic Powers
Oppressive atmosphere of doom
Gothic Settings
Graveyards
Secret Passages
Winding Staircases
Sliding Panels
Torture Chambers
Haunted House
Villains
Evil witches/ mad women
Monsters
The Devil Himself
Maniacs
Magicians
Demons
Bandits
Byronic heroes
Vampires
Ghosts
Femmes fatales
Sleep
Dream and death-like states
Live Burial
Discovery of obscure family ties
Incest
Doubles/Twins
Secret and undecipherable writings
Murder
Blood
Moonlight
Vampires
No one escapes death
Death is inevitable
Guilt and shame and the effects of them
Mad, Bad and dangerous to know
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