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Elements of the gothic in The Bloody Chamber

a verbal presentation of the tropes and themes recurring in the Gothic, found in Angela Carter's short story
by

Jack Stevenson

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Elements of the gothic in The Bloody Chamber

Themes in The Bloody Chamber Differing Character or story devices commonly found in Gothic literature, present in the Bloody Chamber In fiction, characters are usually considered grotesque if they induce both empathy and disgust. (A character who inspires disgust alone is simply a villain or a monster.) Obvious examples would include the physically deformed and the mentally deficient, but people with cringe-worthy social traits are also included. The reader becomes piqued by the grotesque's positive side, and continues reading to see if the character can conquer their darker side. The Grotesque Terror which is differentiated from horror, is the feeling or reaction to an unexplainable or terrible crisis-whilst the girl feels horror at the state of the previous wives, she feels terror for the marquis' return Terror many Gothic novels focus on realms outside the physical or perceivable, and the untold consequences that befall the characters for mingling with them- the marquis is hinted at being more than human, and the key and mark on the forehead are seemingly magical The Supernatural The protagonist is seemingly the perfect embodiment of this classic element- seduced by a demonic man, and stuck with her shame with the red mark- punishment for disobeying her patriarchal husband the Fallen woman
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