By: Christopher F, Ben G, and Nik M


Definition- pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an atmosphere of degeneration and decay: 19th-century Gothic novels.

Origin- Gothicism started in the industrial revolution by Darwinism because of his threat to the established parameters of religious thought.

Gothic Novels

3 Traits of Gothic Literature

The characteristics of Gothic architecture are stone structures, large expanses of glass, clustered columns, sharply pointed spires, intricate sculptures, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses. One of their main characteristics is the ogival, or pointed arch.

3 Examples of Gothic Settings

Gloomy, decaying setting (haunted houses or castles with secret passages, trapdoors, and other mysterious architecture).

3 Traits of Gothic Characters

Supernatural beings or monsters (ghosts, vampires, zombies, giants), curses or prophecies, damsels in distress, heroes.

3 Gothic Themes

Betrayal, Corruption, Corruption