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Transcript of Gothic elements
Ruined Abbeys (monastery/convent)
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.
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.
Wicked Tyrants (tyrannical older men)
Other Gothic Characters
A heroine with a trembling sensitivity and impetuous lover
Heroines and heroes in incredible danger
Gothic Elements, Subjects, and Themes
What is Gothic Literature?
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.
Spooky effects and haunting specters
Oppressive atmosphere of doom
Evil witches/ mad women
The Devil Himself
Dream and death-like states
Discovery of obscure family ties
Secret and undecipherable writings
No one escapes death
Death is inevitable
Guilt and shame and the effects of them
Mad, Bad and dangerous to know