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The Elements of a Gothic Novel in The Castle Of Otranto

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Amery Sutor

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Transcript of The Elements of a Gothic Novel in The Castle Of Otranto

The Elements of a Gothic Novel in "The Castle Of Otranto"
1. Setting in a castle
The story "The Castle of Otranto" takes place in and around lord Manfreds' castle which is filled with secret passages.
It states in the summary that it "tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family." Assuming that he is the protagonist the setting would presumably take place near his homestead also by looking the title itself tells the reader that a castle will be involved.
2. An atmosphere of mystery and suspense
The story "The Castle of Otranto" created a sense of mystery and suspence when a gigantic helment unexpectingly falls from overhead killing Conrad, the lord of the castles only heir.
This is when tensiontension begins to build up within the story causing the next elements of a gothic novel to come into play.
3. An ancient prophecy
There's an ancient prophecy within the story that goes " The castle and the lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it".
4. Omens, Portents, visions
After the lords son Conrad died a gruesome death, Manfred began to fear for the end of his families line and blamed his wife for providing him with an unsuited heir. Soon after he invisions that his sons fiancee could provdie him with the son he needs to keep the continuation of his familys wealth and name.
6. High, even overwrought emotions
Manfred went to a church with the intentions of mudering Isabella, the woman who denies to marry him.
As he gets to the church he suspects that his own daughter is Isabella and stabs her. It is at this point that the Manfred shows sincre regret about his wrong doing.
7. Woman in distress
Isabella was Conrads betrothed. Since his passing she was put in a situation where not only was she devestated of her lovers passing but, she would now be forced to marry the man she expected to once be her father in law.
8. Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male
Marrying Manfred absolutely disgusted her therefore she ran from the castle. She fleed to the church while fearing her own life hoping they could help her from being forced into a marrige she dissaproved of. After being promised protection she is still not entirely safe seeing as Manfred is out looking for her inhopes of murdering her.
9. The mystery of gloom and horror
Characters trapped in a room
10. The vocabulary of the gothic

Mystery - prophecy, ominous.
Fear, Terror, or Sorrow - Terrified.
Suprise - alarm, shocking, suprised.
Haste - running
Anger - ?
Largeness - gigantic, large.
By : Amery Sutor
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