Dracula is a book with many hidden surprises. One of the hidden surprises is the elements of Gothic literature Dracula contains. The first is setting in a tall building such as a castle. Jonathan Harker first encounters the Count at his castle in Transylvania. Another element is an atmosphere of mystery and suspense.
Gothic Elements in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde After reading the whole gothic literatures in this semester, I find The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde gives me the most impression. Since I was young, the only kinds of book that can make me feel interested in are gothic type of fiction. Gothic writing tends to be very dark, focus on the evil side of human nature, have supernatural and unexplained elements to it; for example, the mysterious setting and the suspicious events. These elements make me can’t help myself but be immersed in the book. After reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I found three elements that impressed me the most: the atmosphere of mystery and horror, the unbelievable event of doubling in that century, and the disappearance of hope.
After more than 1000 years of the perdition of the west Rome empire, a Italian named Vasari(1511-1574)found the word “gothic” in the dust of history in order to refer to a kind of medieval architectural style which is disliked by the Renaissance thinkers. This kind of architectural style prevailed between 12th to 16th centuries in Europe. It was mainly used in building churches and castles. The Notre-Dame in Paris of France and the Saint Paulo church in Britain could be considered the representatives. It is featured by the high-peaked towers, gigantic stonewalls, narrow windows, dyed glass, somber inside and even underground charnel house.
It will also explore how she presents Boo Radley as both a hero and a villain in her novel, and study how she arouses sympathy from the reader. To kill A Mockingbird can be categorised into The Southern Gothic genre, which uses supernatural or unusual events to reveal the culture of the American Deep South. Among the Gothic elements are the unnatural snowfall, the fire that destroys Miss Maudie’s house, and the mad dog that Atticus shoots. In the beginning of the novel, it seems that Boo Radley is the gothic villain. On page 14, we learn about where he lives.
The Uses of the Gothic in “The Bloody Chamber” “And, ah! His castle. The faery solitude of the place; with its turrets of misty blue, its courtyard, its spiked gate [...] that castle, at home neither on the land nor on the water, a mysterious, amphibious place” (Carter 13) Gothic fiction has begun its battle of finding a place in literature with British writer Horace Walpole, whose remarkable novel, The Castle of Otranto, published in 1764, succeeded in establishing of a new genre, of a new literary tradition that involves castles, lofty towers, darkness, fear, torture, women in distress, and everything that causes terror in the eyes of the reader. The new genre was imitated throughout the years and this Gothic stream became so broad that it experienced an abrupt increase in popularity especially at the beginning of the twentieth century. Due to the flourish of the film market and mass media of the time, this admiration for horror texts continued even after World War II.
This was the time of the Enlightenment, when many artistic and literary trends prior to the 17th century were considered unrefined and primitive. The favoured approaches in architecture and the arts were classical models derived from antiquity. The word 'Gothic' was frequently used as a pejorative term to describe the barbarism and superstition of the Middle Ages. Gothic fiction actively railed against these schools of thought by openly celebrating the phenomena of the medieval era. A variety of sources affected the character and development of the Gothic genre.
Two significant gothic works include Bram Stoker’s infamous story Dracula and Christabel a long narrative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s. This essay will discuss these texts in relation to specific gothic tropes that surround the female protagonists and how they compare and contrast. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic example of gothic tropes in literature; published in 1897 the story is set in England and Eastern Europe. The main female protagonist character Miss Mina Murray/Harker is a young meek schoolmistress who marries the male protagonist and both are victimized by Count Dracula. Miss Lucy Westenra is Mina’s best friend and subsequently opposite in characteristics; she is a vivacious young woman who becomes Dracula’s first victim.
Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: a Gothic Parody The Gothic fiction is a literary genre that combines elements of both horror and romance. It flourished in England during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a “reaction against the rigidity and formality of other forms of Romantic literature. ” It has often been said that the first true Gothic romance was The Castle of Otranto, written by Horace Walpole and first published in 1764. Although during this period many of the highly regarded Gothic novelists published their writings and much of the novel’s form was defined, this genre is not limited to this time whatsoever. Indeed, the Gothic can still be found nowadays in the
The period in which Frankenstein was written was also a time of great change. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley questions the suppression of the working class and the creature’s hunting down of Frankenstein can be seen as representative of the rise of this working class. The gothic novel rose to popularity in the late eighteenth century, partly due to a desire to escape the reality of the terrific events of the French Revolution through literary extremes, and its many elements are reflected in the novel, Frankenstein. The gothic novel can be considered an amalgamation of elements of romance, the natural and supernatural, monstrous all set in a landscape of macabre and desolation. Although the setting of Frankenstein cannot be considered desolate and macabre the themes of the natural and supernatural are certainly prevalent.
The character of Vathek is also said to present Beckford himself and his life as some of the descriptions deployed in the novel are thought to be taken from his Fonthill Abbey. (Khrisat). Vathek, for being an eccentric Gothic novel, holds a representation of women through the characters Nouronihar, Carathis, and Carathis’s Negroes. The novel does not only represent female figures along with Gothic elements, but also it displays a feminine representation of male characters like Gulchenrouz as well as most of the Muslim characters. This study is going to