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Gothic Romanticism Notes

Basic overview
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Jenny Mercer

on 17 March 2015

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Transcript of Gothic Romanticism Notes

Gothic Romantics:
Follow Romanticism Beliefs:
But with a twist...
1. Idealism: failing to make the world a better place
2. Imagination: your wild imagination may get the
best of you
3. Individuality: often lone protagonists
4. Inspiration: what makes them do what they do
5. Intuition: your instincts and feelings may not be
leading you in the right direction

Transcendentalists wanted social reform:
Gothic Romantics often showed people failing to make
a positive change
Focus in on the "bad" qualities of people:
1. Seven Deadly Sins (sloth, gluttony, lust, greed, wrath, envy, pride)
2. People's fears and worries
3. Twisting the idea of nature: no longer something that is good and heals but is something that has the power to destroy
4. Supernatural elements: ghosts, blood, bloody hands, vampires, werewolves, Satan/the devil
Characteristics :
1. Weather: indicates the mood of
the story; usually stormy, dark, at night
2. Initial "hero" or protagonist may become
the villain or antagonist while the antagonist
can become the protagonist
3. What the narrator or protagonist thinks
is occurring and what may or may not be
occurring (narrator may not always be
reliable)
4. Perceived fear and terror: heightens the
mood and conflict
5. Travel: midnight ride, long journey, foreign land
Out of comfort zone, must end by a certain time
6. Being pursued: a force or character pursues the
protagonist causing them to act a certain way
Gothic Literature matched the architecture as well:
Gothic cathedrals and castles
Gargoyles
Without the original Gothic Romantics,
genres like science fiction, horror novels/movies,
and true romance novels/movies would
not exist
Edgar Allan Poe:
"The Raven"
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
"The Pit and Pendulum"
Herman Melville:
"Moby Dick"
Nathaniel Hawthorne:
"The Scarlet Letter"
"Young Goodman Brown"
"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"
"The Minister's Black Veil"
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