The Influence Of Authority In Gothic Literature

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Gothic fiction is the Romantic Period’s form of self-expression involving terror, madness and the supernatural. The terror, madness and the supernatural concepts that this form of fiction offers, are the reasons why critics believe individuals should resist reading it, listening to it or watching it. Many critics believe that such form of expression from writers could influence the public into possibly performing other similar treacherous actions. Another reason that critics offer for resisting Gothic fiction is for the possible outbreak of resistance to authority. According to Gothic critics, the adrenaline and satisfaction of reading, listening, or seeing bad actions could make the public feel some sort of empowerment to stand against authority.

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