Gothic Romanticism is a genre of literature that combines fiction, horror, the supernatural and romance, popular in the 18th and 19th century. It was introduced by an English author named Horace Walpole. He incorporated this genre through a novel published in 1764, “The Castle of Otranto” which was subtitled, “A Gothic Novel”. The term gothic was originally used to describe art and a form of architecture at the time. Terror, mystery, paranormal activity, doom and death were the main features of gothic novels during the era of gothic romanticism.
Why does gothic horror even matter in literature? Gothic horror can create numerous ideas found within a novel more interesting or suspenseful about what will happen next. These stories use different characteristics to create a gothic atmosphere in the story. During the Victorian era, the idea of gothic literature grew in popularity. It is influenced by countless ideas, including religious themes around this time period, and usually reflects on the characteristics of the people living in the Victorian era.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein released in 1818 takes us through the journey of several of the most famous characters in literary and movie history from two perspectives. While Mary Shelley’s original interpretation is considered a very popular and successful literary work, it wasn’t until James Whaley’s movie interpretation that the character of Frankenstein became so famous throughout the world. The movie which was adapted from a screen play written in the 1920’s became one of the pioneering horror films due to James Whaley’s inspiration of essentialist styles originating from Germany. Both works bring different elements to the table with Shelley’s novel involving complex but interesting moral debates involving the characters and their decisions
Henry Clerval is Victor’s best friend, while Robert Walton is the person writing the letters. There are lots of minor characters, such as William Frankenstein, Justine Moritz, and Victor’s father and mother. III. Setting The story is set in Europe during the 1800s. It mainly takes place in Europe, and pans over to places such as Ingolstadt, Saint Pertersburg, Geneva, and the like.
It has influenced other authors as well as transcended into other types of media, and the very idea of Frankenstein 's monster has become almost larger than the novel itself. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley tells the story of Dr Victor
Dracula is about vampires in general, the myth, the mystery and the horror. Even though Dracula wasn’t the first vampire story, it was the first really popular one. Throughout the novel, the author, Bram Stoker, portrays many different aspects of women's roles in the 19th century. With the use of imagery and symbolism, the theme of sexuality and gender roles has an enormous presence in the novel. Social gender roles of women and men during the Victorian Era were very strict and looked upon differently than any other time period.
Gothic literature, both traditional and contemporary which both create a suspense. It originated in England in the second half of the half 18th Century and had success in the 19th. In traditional gothic literature the word is more traditional way as it is written in 19th Century such as Charles Dickens ‘The Signalman’. It was written in 1866. Dickens conveys the story to the readers by using an unfamiliar, isolation and supernatural themes.
In Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Duality is a major theme that is showcased In the first chapter of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities we, as readers, catch a few themes that are key that later ends up shaping the lives of the characters that we come across. A central theme Dickens uses is “duality.” Dickens sets the reader up to begin a tale of “light” and “dark" We see examples of duality between France and England in 1775. Both countries show very similar yet different situations. This example of duality showcases how in England, people are in awe of all of the paranormal activity that surrounds the country. Rulers of france continue to think that they are a part of “the best of times” yet they are out of touch with their own people.
The concept of Romanticism also played an important role in Frankenstein, for its characteristics of interest in the common man, strong emotions, awe of nature, celebration of the individual, and the importance of imagination was distinguished throughout the numerous events. In this novel, humanity and Romanticism repeatedly crossed one another as Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the Monster, expressed their feelings and the decisions they made
Nature is quintessential to the concept of romanticism. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, during the late romantic period, used nature symbols when writing her novel. One of the major symbols in the novel is children. Children are a romantic symbol, as they display youth and innocence. During the period of romanticism, the natural purity of children stood out amongst the ever growing mechanical and scientific life of adults.
Cyrano de Bergerac, written by Edmond Rostand in the 1800s, is a play about the adventurous life of Cyrano de Bergerac. The presentations of Julia, who spoke about the notable styles during this time and how Rostand fit into this, and Jeni, who spoke about who the real Cyrano was, helped me understand Rostand’s play more thoroughly. One thing about Rostand that I learned was the fact that he wrote out of his time period. Julia talked about the different types of literature that were common during the late 19th century, and how rather than taking a romantic approach which most authors were Rostand was a realist. He depicted society as it was but also added a small romantic approach to his plays.