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Elements of Gothic Literature

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Peter Caroline

on 6 April 2016

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Transcript of Elements of Gothic Literature

Elements of Gothic Literature
Gothic writing is set in an old Castle or Ancestral Home
Secrets are held in the building's structure
Or in the inhabitants themselves
Nearby
are caves
cemeteries
forests
abandoned buildings
and other places
that are obscure
dark
claustrophobic
dangerous
and full of
MYSTERY & SUSPENSE
MYSTERY & SUSPENSE

These elements be formed by
atmospheric tension
glimpses and noise
and the unknown
unknown parents
disappearances/appearances
death
and inexplicable occurrences
Gothic literature hints at things to come with
Prophecy, omens,
curses and dreams
Supernatural elements
are also included, like:
monsters
extremities in nature
magic
ghosts
superhuman powers
These places are weathered, dark, and ruined or exist in extreme landscapes
Characters
show
intense
EMOTION
And characters, often women are in distress or are threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical character who is typically male.
Of course, Gothic writing is best expressed in
Language
Authors must use symbols of gloom and horror with creepy vocabulary and detailed characterization. The person who puts the pen to paper or pressure to every key creates suspense, mystery, and a feeling of dread present in every good piece of Gothic
art
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