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Southern Gothic Literature Characteristics
Transcript of Southern Gothic Literature Characteristics
What do these images
make you feel or think of?
If you said words like:
Then you are all pretty much right.
These images are all related to
Southern Gothic Literature
So, what will we see while reading Southern Gothic Literature?
The stories often focus on grotesque themes. While it may include supernatural elements, it mainly focuses on damaged, even delusional, characters.
: comically or repulsively ugly or distorted
Settings in Southern Gothic
Why so serious?
How Southern Lit sees it
Good Versus Evil
Often Symbolic of a "time gone by"
places that are
dark and dreary
creeped out in the best possible way
the author wants us to
see the hypocrisy of the south
Southern Gothic literature takes stereotypes and throws them on their head!
Characters are often shown as "bad" and corrupt.
are presented as crafty and greedy
are presented as
sneaky and perverse
are presented as manipulative and evil
: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
Orderly and sensible society is gone
world exposed as corrupt
dark and hidden side of things: cruelty, lust and perversion
Also, the fear of institutions such as marriage, education, and religion. These things are seen as the end of a life and not the beginning.