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Southern Gothic vs. Gothic Literature

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Taylor Smith

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of Southern Gothic vs. Gothic Literature

By; Taylor Smith and Lindsay Balch
Southern Gothic vs. Gothic Literature
Often isolated
Castles/mansions/manor houses and graveyard
Pre civil war
Gothic Literature Setting
Hero: doesn't always win, often a male (insane)
Damsel in distress: female victim
Villain; often the villain wins, also sometimes the reader roots for him
Sidekick/Henchman he or she is a secondary character, and serves to help the villain, often not as smart.
Characters for Gothic Literature
Often is has a female lead character but she is twisted insane, has something wrong with her.
They still have a villain but we don't always root for them
Con artists, misfits, and fools
Still have side character, sometimes still have the sidekick
Don't always have a hero

Characters for Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Setting:
Set in the US
Often southern writers publish these stories
Post civil war
Decaying plantation
Themes for Southern Gothic
Not always supernatural, actually almost never supernatural.
Does involve murder, sometimes torture, is still grotesque
Old South vs. New South
Themes for Gothic Literature
Madness or the idea that all of us are a little crazy
Involve the ideas of physical and mental torture
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