Gothic Literature

The Horror Subgenre

Gothic Fiction- Consists of Horror, Death & Romanticism

1. Curses & Supernatural Events

  • Ghosts
  • Doors that open by themselves
  • Frightened or confused women wandering around
  • Suffering & Dying from some inexplicable illness

2. Nighttime Action

Dark & Mysterious Environment

Very Suspenseful & Supernatural Feeling

3. Psychology (Intense Emotions)

  • Psychological Distress- Terror, Insanity, A Sense of Impending Doom, Obsessive Love

4. Damsel in Distress- Sometimes just the Hero/ Main Character has conflift

Most gothic stories have a young and often beautiful maiden who is rescued...SOMETIMES!!!

5. Setting

Usually a remote location-

  • Large old Houses
  • Family Estates (America didn't have castles)
Scary things usually happened in the past

  • Unexplained phenomenon, deaths
  • Legends

Words That Describe Gothic Literature

Scary

Dark

Omniscient

Depressive

Oppressive

Mysterious

Sinister

Romantic

Creepy

Taboo