This article intends to study Carter’s attempt in revising the gender role and applying a different approach to the Gothic genre in The Bloody Chamber. Though a retelling of the fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber is branded as a Female Gothic text because of the dark motives and Gothic elements present in the book in association with the female sexuality. Like a conventional Gothic story, the setting of The Bloody Chamber is in a remote castle which symbolizes doom from the beginning of its description in the story. The castle is described
It evokes a malign presence, evident in these scenes. The spaces are unearthly and mysterious, eliciting the element of the unknown, while adding to darkness. This stimulates an atmosphere of suspense and mystery, medieval times. It scares audiences by posing as a threat to humans. Paranormal activity uses lighting that dims the opacity of a scene to suit the genre (horror).
It was fear that establishes the concepts of religion and faith. Angela carter suggests that “the singular moral function of the gothic is that of provoking unease”4 this unease is imputed to the gothic’s representation of the horror and terror, whether in physical form like pain, imprisonment and violent attacks, or in psychological torture like the fear of the unknown. Moreover, Sigmund Freud asserts in his essay “ The uncanny ” that the gothic novels are full of such uncanny, mysterious events which arouse the feeling of fear and astonishment. The uncanny is related to what is frightening, it coincide to affirm what thrills fear in general.5 Elizabeth MacAndrew, the famous Gothic fiction critic, defines this English genre, Gothic fiction, as a “literature of nightmare”: Among its conventions are found dream landscapes and figures of the subconscious imagination. 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.
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.
• Juxtaposition of light and dark imagery Point #2: Hawthorne’s use of Mistress Hibbins, adds a supernatural element to the novel to display the hypocritical nature of the society. Mistress Hibbins is characterized as a witch who is the sister of Governor Bellingham. • Mistress Hibbens a witch shown in chapter 8. • The metaphorical representation of the society through Mistress Hibbins and her brother governor Bellingham Point #3: Through the presence of negative emotions catalyzing actions, Hawthorne, effectively illustrates the consequences for not confessing guilt while conforming to the gothic genre conventions. In the novel Dimmesdale had committed adultery as well, but fails to confess his sin in its entirety to the public until the
But the Desire to be terrified is as much part of Human Nature as the need to Laugh (“The Gothic Novel” Brendan Hennessy Pg 324). The Genre of Gothic Literature has Three Connotations: Barbarous, Medieval, and Supernatural. (“The Gothic Novel” Brendan Hennessy Pg 324). There are many Gothic Literature Authors and Novels. But Is “Frankenstein” a prime example of the Gothic Literature Genre?
For instance, the horrible atmosphere, the existence of supernatural, the contradictions of characters, the complicated conflicts of morality and evilness. Chapter 2 The Fundamental Tone of the Gothic Elements in Frankenstein-- The Gothic Aesthetics The reflection of the gothic elements in the novel is mainly circled with the tone of gothic aesthetics. Gothic aesthetics was raised by Edmund Burke, referring to beauty of negative, gloom and even dark characteristics. Based on it, the individuals may acquire a total extraordinary experience in the novel. 2.1 The Manifestation of Characters The protagonists in Frankenstein are Frankenstein and the monster.
Considered a precursor of modern psychoanalytical fiction as he carefully depicts the inner workings of the human mind - trapped in the grotesque nightmares of the irrational - Edgar Allan Poe masterfully combines literary elements and techniques such as diction, point of view, symbolism, allegory and personification adding also a series of gothic and macabre themes - death, decay, premature burial and incestuous relationships - in order to create memorable settings and imagery full of suspense, mystery and an overwhelming sense of darkness and despair. Written in 1893, Poe’s best-known fantastic novella “The Fall of the House of Usher” provides a vision upon a “world gone barren “. A tale of sickness, incestuous love between siblings,
Females were often objectified and depicted as vulnerable in society. Whereas their male counterparts are often thought of as villainous, oppressive and violent. Gothic literature was often associated with a “predator” and “victim” ideology. The concept of a female “predator” would definitely have been unorthodox and disturbing to a reader of the late 18th, early 19th century. Carter
Setting The Gothic romancers aimed at kindling feelings of horror and terror in the minds of the readers by creating scenes of darkness, unease and foreboding, claustrophobia, mystery, cruelty; producing the aura of fear and dread. The settings often play a significant part in the unfolding of the narrative: their features may directly influence the action; they may also