Gothic Literature and Whether Woman Are Sinless Victims or Sinful Predators.

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In Gothic writing, women are presented as either innocent victims or sinister predators or are significantly absent. Consider the place of women in Gothic writing in the light of this comment: 2500-3000) Guiltless individuals, devilish seductresses or merely not being significant whatsoever are some of the very few attributes women are presumed as in Gothic literature, highlighting women’s actually position in society as to what role they actually play. This type of fiction was a popular tradition developing from the 18th century onwards which includes conventions of the underground, the unspoken taboo as well as concepts from evil in the human mind. Elements that tend to be popular within gothic literature range from Sadomasochism, melodrama, exoticism, transgression and even alienation. Whether woman are perceived as weak and feeble victims, or sinister seductresses (or not included at all), writers of this genre present this gender to the audience as either of these options which makes us question how innocent are women? Or are women significantly absent and therefore not an influence at all? Popular texts which introduce these aspects in this genre include; Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein; Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. It’s been argued these writers portray woman in different ways which outset onto society they’re role as a whole: Gothic literature can have an inclination towards female writers but also accumulate a patriarchal nightmare in which violence is constantly sanctioned on the female body. Mary Shelley is significant herself; being the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the first feminists; who lived in an era of women’s writing that openly condemned patriarchy. In Frankenstein, its apparent how men are the dominant characters whilst women are presented as weak and expressive, being more nurturing
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