The prevalent atmosphere is a doom and gloomy one, in order for incomprehensible situations to take place. Some of the most known Gothic novels are Frankenstein, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, stories written by Edgar Allen Poe. According to Crystal B. Lake, the Gothic literature expose and play with the unknown, hidden parts of society or of ourselves hence what makes it so terrifying is the fact that it brings into the light, it gives a voice to
The Brief Introduction to Gothic Literature The word “gothic” is once closely connected with the meaning of brutality in the early history. Thus, the corresponding literature with gothic features is deemed as a sort of literature that goes beyond the field of main trend of literature. And through a long period, the type of literature is accepted by people and step into its historic stage. The gothic literature possesses its own typical features. For instance, the horrible atmosphere, the existence of supernatural, the contradictions of characters, the complicated conflicts of morality and evilness.
The detective story usually places its characters into an old house, a mansion, and the feeling of claustrophobia and mystery arises from darkness, shadows, stormy weather and light strange reflections. Atmosphere of Gothic suspense came from the threatening feeling or fear enhanced by the unknown. At times, characters did not know their ancestors and could not say where they came from (Day 1985: 123). Undoubtedly, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense is present in both kinds of productions. Works are pervaded by a threatening feeling, a fear enhanced by the unknown.
I shall try to demonstrate in the literature review chapter The Gothic Aesthetic: Overview and Assessment that “gothic” is indeed a controversial term through providing an overview of the complexity of the gothic arena and its continuity to modern times, stressing certain conventions and affinities which relate to the works of Mantel. In the second chapter Fludd: The Haunting of the Past, I shall demonstrate that this novel contains the gothic element of anti-Catholicism, secrets, transubstantiation, transformation and the representation of the devil, all of which belong to the gothic tradition. Relying on the psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud and Julia Kristeva, this chapter is devoted to decipher the gothic symbols presented in the novel. A great deal of the examination will be concerned in identifying the ways in which the main character the alchemist called Fludd personifies the
Furthermore, supernature can also be related to Gothic literature, which makes it hard to identify the exact genre of the novel. The definition of supernatural according to various dictionaries is something that breaks the boundaries of nature, or something
At a glance, it might seem that the works which have been analysed in this study are indisputably similar. A Gothic novel as revealed through the various illustrations explains to the readers a world filled with terror, horror, madness, mystery and unsolved crime. The gothic fiction germinated in the latter part of the 18th century. Various causes have been ascribed for the Gothic origin and development. When Poe appeared on the American literary scene, more than seventy years old tradition in Gothic writing existed.
Both authors mainly focused on mysterious and gothic themes. They also both incorporated natural and supernatural elements in their works while focusing on a deep expression of emotions and feelings. For instance, Poe states in his short story (Poe and Perry, 1839): “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year” This description creates a dark and gloomy mood for
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
“The Yellow Wallpaper” a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s has some elements that link it to the Gothic genre. However, there are features within it that are not directly prescribed in Gothic literature. Throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper” there are some aspects of the short story that observe the traditional features of gothic literature. However, in some instances, other aspects do not, overall though the short story is gothic in its writing. Where there is a departure from the traditional gothic, they still point us to something unknown or strange.The manner in which John keeps her confined to her room for “rest” is chilling and can be seen as controlling as we will explore further.
This caused gothic fiction to split up into different categorizations, each category taking elements from the movements that exist concurrently. It is expected for certain novels have influence on the reader’s thoughts, especially ideologies and attitude to life. While some might be fascinated with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and look out for naive love, others might adopt a more pessimistic outlook after reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. Likewise, it is plausible to conclude that a certain group of people who share the same subculture, which is mainly originated from literature, to have similar outlooks or interests. Besides Horace Walpole, many beloved poets and authors such as E.T.A Hoffman (especially with his novel Nachtstücke, 1817)  or Robert