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Gothic Literature

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  1. Gothic Literature By: Sarah Kraus, Michael Wong, and Michael Garrett

  2. Vocabulary/ Description • Gothic Literature tends to use vocabulary words such as: • Haunted • Afflicted • Agony • Tremendous • Suddenly • Hopeless • it also uses certain descriptions such as: • Baying of distant wolves • Crazed Laughter

  3. Setting • Usually takes place in a castle, mansion, or secluded structure • If it takes place in a castle or haunted house it will usually contain labyrinths, passageways, trapdoors, etc.

  4. Tone/ Emotion • Generally contains very emotional narration • Characters tend to be emotionally unstable • Dark tone, meant to portray fear

  5. Features • May contain supernatural elements • Includes: • Ghosts • Possessed objects • Moving things • Unexplained supernatural phenomena’s • Ominous Foreshadowing • Hints about what will happen • By dreams • Superstitious happenings • Ominous occurring or even trick of the eyes • Ex: “I thought I saw something there…”

  6. Famous Authors • Robert Louis Stevenson • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) • Edgar Allen Poe • Contributed: His stories were generally scary • “The Raven” • “The Tell-tale Heart” • Horace Walpole • The Castle of Otranto (1794) • The Mysterious Mother (1768) • Matthew G. Lewis • Contributed: The Monk defined the far edge of sensational Gothicism • The Monk (1796)

  7. Historic Events Leading to Gothic Literature • When the Goths enemy of the roman empire attacked, gothic architecture and culture flourished having a great impact on gothic literature

  8. Work Cited • Egan, Callum. “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 1886.” Robert Louis Stevenson (2009).np. Online. Internet. 28 January. Available:http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org • Giordano, Robert. “Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe.” PoeStories.com (2005).np. Online. Internet. 28 January. Available: http://poestories.com/stories.php • Wands, DC and PG. “Horace Walpole.” Fantastic Fiction (2011).np. Online. Internet. 28 January. Available: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ • Voller, Jack G. "Matthew Lewis." The Literary Gothic (2009). __pp. Online. Internet. 28January.Available: http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/lewis.html