Gothic Literature

5 elements

Definition

A genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror, death, and Romanticism

5 elements

Necessities of gothic literature

1. Nighttime Action

Seeks to discover secrets in a supernatural, mysterious environment - atmosphere of suspense.

2. Curses and Supernatural events

ghosts, doors opening by themselves, etc. Women who are frightened or confused, wandering around and/or suffering and dying from some inexplicable illness

3. Psychology - Intense emotion

terror, insanity, a sense of impending doom, obsessive love

4. Damsel in Distress

Most Gothic stories have aa young (often beautiful) maiden who is rescued... sometimes

5. Setting: Remote Location

Large old houses, usually family estates (America didn't have the castles England does) something scary (unexplained events, deaths, legends) happened at the house in the past or happens throughout the story.