The occult belongs to Gothic literature. It began with a novel from Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto. The Gothic literature is a mixture between horror, full of terror story and romance. The Gothic novel tries to awake fear and terror upon the reader through supernatural and inexplicable events. The prevalent atmosphere is a doom and gloomy one, in order for incomprehensible situations to take place.
This book is a beautiful and powerful introduction to Austen’s classics, a sensible, sensitive and delightful read about the extraordinary power of women ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is considered to be the finest novel of Jane Austen, and is a work of art in the history of English fiction. It has an incomparable freshness and sharpness of outline .It is modelled on Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. In Shakespeare’s scintillating comedy Benedick and Beatrice who hate each other in the beginning of the play ultimately married in the end. Similarly in Jane Austen’s novel we have the exhibition of pride and prejudice, and their ultimate union in the end. Pride is represented by Darcy and prejudice by Elizabeth.
Poe was interested in madness, detective stories, and has perceived themes like death and decay.58 A new innovation to the gothic that appears in the mid-nineteenth century is the Sensation novels. Sensation mode is derived from Radcliffean style of evoking terror , suspense, and mystery. It is regarded as a sub- genre of the gothic . Sensational novel deals mainly with senses. It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety.
But Is “Frankenstein” a prime example of the Gothic Literature Genre? Written by Mary Shelley the novel centers on Victor who wants to create a Creature. Are there Examples of the three main connotations of Gothic Literature in Frankenstein? Barbarous!, the term is defined as being Savagely Cruel or Excessively Brutal. In “Frankenstein” there are examples of this Horrific Term!
Emily Brontë structured the story around matched, contrasting pairs of themes and characters and it is interesting the amount of pairs she wrote about. Some of the pairs include: the two manor houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange; the two loves in Catherine’s life, Heathcliff and Edgar; the two Catherines in the novel, mother and daughter; the two families, Earnshaw and Linton, whose family trees are almost exactly symmetrical; and the two great themes of the novel, love and revenge. In addition to all these pairs, it can be said Emily Brontë wrote the story inspired in two literary movements: the Gothic and Romanticism. In this paper, I will analyse how the Gothic and the Romantic are reflected in the two families and how they contribute to make a contrast among their
The purpose of this research is to investigate the British novelist Hilary Mantel’s relation to the gothic tradition. Actually, Mantel’s novels, which are hard to categorize, ranging from historical fiction to autobiographical writing going through black comedies, can be read from a gothic perspective. Accordingly, Mantel’s writing can be seen as a contribution to the gothic aesthetic which has and continues to witness various developments from its appearance to the present time. The major novels chosen for such an exploration are respectively Fludd, The Giant O’Brien and Wolf Hall. After providing an overview of the genre’s different mutations, my work shall highlight the gothic elements found in Mantel’s novels, chiefly represented by the haunting of the past, aspects of madness and terror, the dark side of human nature, settings, character portrayal, plot construction and
Shelly’s text goes beyond that to change “[t]he architecture of fear” in women’s Gothic which is no longer dependent on “the conniving villain,” but rather on the physiognomy of the body (Judith Halberstam 28-29). Indeed, postmodern horror fiction is beholden to Frankenstein which has given the Gothic genre one of its most cherished freaks. Unlike her female precursors who create terror through the use of the sublime, Shelly locates Frankenstein’s body that is constructed from fragments of corpses as the locus of terror. In other words, “the peril of the night” that used to perform the role of the villain in the gothic novel,
They all shared common elements such as gloomy settings, intense emotions, and somehow always involving sadness or death. Frankenstein portrays a dark shady story with lots of deep meanings and references to other real-life problems. As it follows Victor Frankenstein with his guilt about how he abandons his own creation and the unfortunate events that happen to him. The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also includes regretful actions and the guilt of the main character as he creates a new persona of himself that lead to terrible events. Lastly, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is about the regret of a man’s single action causing his life to fall into despair.
Wuthering Heights, 1847, is a well esteemed novel by Emily Bronte which belongs to the group of is the specific type of tales, where almost all the elements of gothic novel can be found. It includes not merely the love, which is rather tragical than the usual live-happily-ever-after stories, but the existence of supernatural beings can be also seen by representing ghosts. The all-consuming passion cannot be missed out from the elements of specification as well as the set of the novel. These motives do not simply make the novel be classified as a Gothic Novel, and nothing more, than giving the reader a better look into the world of haunted people, ghosts, fear or suspense. It can happen that the reader cannot be satisfied by only showing which genre the
Its fictional world gives form to amorphous fears and impulses common to all mankind, using an amalgam of materials, some torn from the author’s own subconscious mind and some stuff of myth, folklore, fairy tale, and romance. It conjures up beings - mad monks, vampires, and demons ... Gothic fiction gives shape to concepts of the place of evil in the human mind