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The meaning of gothic past and present

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Bri Mitchell

on 18 December 2012

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The Meaning of Gothic Past and Present
By: Bri and Eloy :D What is the meaning of
Gothic? O.o Gothic Horror D: Gothic Elements Gothic Vocabulary Elements of Gothic
Romance Gothic horror is a genre of literature that has elements of both romance and horror.
Although it is sometimes confused with paranormal romance, according to some horror writers, Gothic horror is considered a more atmospheric type of literature.
According to some writers, the setting of the Gothic horror almost becomes another character. Setting: "It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out.."
An atmosphere of mystery and suspense.
An ancient prophecy.
A character may have a disturbing dream vision, or some phenomenon may be seen as a portent of coming events.
High, even overwrought emotion. The narration may be highly sentimental, and the characters are often overcome by anger, sorrow, surprise, and especially, terror, raw nerves, a feeling of impending doom, crying, emotional speeches, breathlessness, and panic are common.
Women in distress. The woman may be commanded to marry someone she does not love or commit a crime.
The metonymy of gloom and horror. Metonymy is a subtype of metaphor, in which something (like rain) is used to stand for something else (like sorrow). The vocabulary of Gothic is constant use of the appropriate vocabulary set atmosphere of the Gothic.
Such as: Mystery, Fear, Terror, or Sorrow, Surprise, Haste, Anger, largeness, Darkness. The standard machinery above, many Gothic novels contain elements of romance as well. Such as:
Powerful love. Heart stirring, often sudden, emotions create a life or death commitment. Many times this love is the first the character has felt with this overwhelming power.
Uncertainty of reciprocation or unreturned love. What is the beloved thinking? Is the lover's love returned or not?
Tension between true love and father's control, disapproval, or choice. Or lovers part.
Illicit love or lust threatens the virtuous one. The young woman becomes a target of some evil man's desires and schemes. HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO SHELLY'S FRANKENSTEIN? This is were we S.T.F.U. and you take your test :) HEY GUESS WHAT!! :D GOOD LUCK :P
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