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  1. Classic Elements of American GothicLiterature

  2. Setting *Large old houses, usually family estates (America didn’t have the castles that England did) *Something scary (unexplainable events, deaths, legends) happened at the house in the past, or happens throughout the story

  3. Plot *Seeks to discover secrets in a supernatural, mysterious environment – atmosphere of suspense *Supernatural events – ghosts, doors that open by themselves, etc. *Women who are frightened or confused, wandering around and/or suffering and dying from some inexplicable illness

  4. Stylistic Choices *Foreshadowing, omens, dreams, visions usually contribute to the mysterious atmosphere of the story *Words used like “dark,” “foreboding,” “mysterious,” “ghostly”

  5. Psychology *Intense emotions - terror, insanity, a sense of impending doom, obsessive love