Analyse chapter 4 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and explore the extent to which it fits into the genre of the gothic novel and reflects the fears and concerns from the era in which the novel was written. Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, contains features of gothic literature throughout the book. However this is most prevalent in chapter 4. From this chapter there are plenty of distinctive features which are conveyed through the creation of the monster and also through the setting. The language techniques that Shelley uses in the novel represent the genre of the gothic and also portray the fears and concerns about the era in which it was written.
What is the origin of the word “Gothic” and how/why did it come to be used for this style of literature? The word "Goth" originated from the barbaric, but the application of "Gothic" themes in literature was used to sort of rebel against the politics of that time and also to bring light to a dark fantasy that people were so fascinated with at the time. Based on your knowledge so far, what are the similarities between the novelists Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker? What are their differences? They have all penned novels during the era of Gothic Literature and the people who shaped the genre for many writers to come.
Gothic novels were given a genre of their own primarily because of their emotional extremes and their dark themes. It was full of remote setting, and it was a reaction to the people who had contemporary thinking at that time. It also mixes with perception of the view of reader, and Stoker creates Jonathan Harker as a rational narrator to make the opening chapter reliable to readers. The first chapter introduces the reader to the setting and the character of Jonathan Harker within the format of the book is composed as a diary and journal entry. The reader knows this because the novel is written in the first person and other characters are introduced from Harker’s perspective.
Both books have similar writing style as gloomy, but foreshadowing and dystopia bring about the effectiveness of gothic literature in both books. Firstly, the story’s title “The Fall of the House of Usher” has a symbolic meaning to itself. “The House of Usher” refers not only to the house, but to the family as well, the Usher bloodline. The title refers not only to the literal fall of the physical house, but the symbolic fall of the Usher family. There are many events which lead to the true meaning of the title, the author uses foreshadowing to enlighten the meaning.
Whilst the attraction of luxuriating in the dark side of the human condition is undeniably strong in Gothic texts it must also be acknowledged that Gothic texts provide considerable insights into humanity. Discuss the above with reference to one prose core text and one related text of your own choosing. Gothic texts encompass the ability to convey the fear that underpins the human psyche in many contexts, with particular relevance to societal concerns and anxieties. Although concerns vary throughout different time periods, those confronted within texts often consist of universal themes and ideas that can be translated through different generations. Brahm Stoker’s “Dracula” highlights concerns prevalent within the Victorian era, shown through characters, symbols and themes throughout the novel.
How do act 1 and 2 conform to the gothic genre in ‘Macbeth’? Shakespeare has structured the play’s first two Acts and their openings in a specific order, to reinforce the gothic mood and emphasise the important themes. In this way, the playwright introduces the witches right at the beginning in Act 1, Scene 1. Establishing the key gothic characters at the start of the narrative is a convention of the gothic genre, as the reader is immediately indicated that there are going to be supernatural elements within the text. Similarly, in Act 2, scene 1, Macbeth goes to murder Duncan.
Mrs. McIntosh ENG4U 13 January 2012 Reworking Gothic Archetypes Effectively Within the play, Blanche, Stanley, and Stella represent a few of the gothic archetypes that are studied in literature. However, the characters that symbolize the archetypes are reworked in order to follow the characteristics of Southern Gothic literature. Southern Gothic literature is described as a specific type of writing that often focuses on the social and moral inadequacies of the Southern American society. One major element of Southern Gothic literature is the reworking of gothic archetypes. When reworked, the gothic archetypes of the femme fatale, Byronic hero, and madwoman are effective due to the fact that they subsequently represent the central themes of loneliness through Blanche, desire through Stanley, and fantasy through Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.
The Gothic novels in British and American literature Outline: 1.The historical origin of the gothic novel 2. The flourishing period of the gothic novel in British and America and the representative gothic writers in this period 3. The social influences of the gothic novel: Reveal the villainy and animadvert the ill Keywords: teutones, architectural style, legend, Medieval romances, bible, dark romanticism, dread, sublime, Puritanism, reveal, animadvert Since it was born in the middle 18th in Britain, the Gothic novels has gained a large amount of readers owing to its special charm and has attracted many writers of different genres in different times by its particular characteristics. They used the Gothic form in their works to arrange plots, deepen themes, strengthen effects and achieved great success. Thus, a Gothic tradition, which continually developed and widely affected, came into being.
“The Awakening” By Kate Chopin Kate Chopin uses many different situations and different settings in the novel “The Awakening” to get her points and aspects of the story across to the readers. Throughout the story Chopin also uses many different literary techniques and situations to explain the characters and their place within the story. Chopin seems to be very specific at points, but also very vague when brining new characters into the story and the meaning behind such characters. From the many different aspects of the story the significance of the ending of the novel seems to be the most important and most interesting within the works writing. Chopin seems to use many different themes and symbols throughout the story to portray Edna’s character and way of life that causes the many problems and difficulties for her.
Why Dracula is a Gothic Novel The horror story Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, is a thrilling novel about the notorious vampire, Dracula, and about a group of men and women who suffered from his evil and fought back. This novel, written in 1897, is one of the most famous gothic novels, and one of the most famous pieces of literature still to this day. The setting of the novel, the terminology, and the deep emotion that Stoker used allows the reader, and literary critics, to classify Dracula as Gothic Literature. The elements that Dracula contains to make it gothic include the setting of a castle, a suspenseful atmosphere, dreams and visions, inexplicable events, overwhelming emotions, distressed women, metonymy of horror, and of course gothic vocabulary. For a novel to be considered gothic, it must contain certain elements; Dracula reflects many of these unique principles.