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In Gothic texts, women are either hopelessly submissive or significantly absent

The novel Frankenstein is dominated with male characters amidst female characters often being used to fill minor roles. For a female character to be ‘hopelessly submissive’ we would expect the character was pre-determined to be passive with no chance of progressing from the ‘submissive’ role. However in Frankenstein we see female character such a Elizabeth…

Difference in Gothic and Romanesque architecture

Different Architecture of Romanesque and Gothic Inspired Buildings There have been numerous pilgrimages made across France and Spain, each one just as unique as the one before it. Along these routes there are an immeasurable number of magnificent churches and temples each with their own history, architecture and art work, making them very distinctive. Time…

Jasper Jones Southern Gothic Genre

There are points in a person’s life when they must grow, drop their naïve illusions about the world and step into the shoes of an adult and accept the harsh reality of life. Jasper Jones is a ‘coming of age’ novel written by Craig Silvey set in small town Corrogan. With the main theme being…

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The Tell Tale Heart Essay

In Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the narrator claims that he is not “mad” but his behavior tells a different story. He is truly determined to destroy another male human being, not because of jealousy or animosity but because “one of his eyes resembled that of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over…

The Southern Gothic Motif of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

Thesis: In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the various types of outsiders and the small town of Maycomb contribute to the novel’s Southern gothic motif. All throughout the book Lee introduces us to different kinds of outsiders willing to make a change. During the Tom Robinson trial, Link Deas tells Bob…

Elements of Gothic Literature

Gothic literature was born in 1764 when Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto, which is considered to be the first gothic novel ever written. Gothic literature was originally written as a reaction to the age of reason, order, and the politics of eighteenth-century England. Containing anti-Catholic sentiments and mythical aspects, Gothic literature explored the…

The 18th century’s gothic literature

In the 18th century, gothic literature was originally written as a response to the age of reason and the politics of England. Gothic literature containing anti-Catholic sentiments and mythical aspects, explored the tension between what is feared and what is desired. The stories were usually set in some kind of castle or old building that…

Erwin Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism

Erwin Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism presents a compelling connection between the architectural styles of Gothic Cathedrals and the order and form of the Scholastic school of thought. Focusing on the “100 mile zone around Paris” during the years between 1130-40 and 1270 where and when Scholasticism was the dominate theory of education and Gothic…

Classical and Gothic Architecture

The cultures of the ancient Greeks and medieval Europeans were significantly influenced by religion. Greek Classicism brought about some of the most beautiful artwork and architecture that still exists today. The style strives to exemplify a culture of harmony, order, reason, intellect, objectivity, and formal discipline (Sporre, 2010). Classicism is best exemplified in the ancient…

Analysis of Southern Gothic Literature

Southern Gothic literature, which is a sub-genre of the Gothic writing style, is unique to the American South. Southern Gothic literature has many of the same aspects as Gothic literature; it focuses on topics such as death, madness, and the super natural as well has having many mystical, bizarre, violent, and grotesque aspects. These tools…

Hawthorne, Brown and Poe

The gothic component of the American Romantic Period of 1800-1860 produced several eerie and gothic works by talented literary minds. Three such pieces, “The tell-tale heart,” “The Birthmark,” and Wieland were written by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Brockden Brown. These works of fiction delve into the minds of seemingly unstable protagonists, and…

American Lit: Regionalism, Gothic Fiction And Naturalism

In American Literature, there are several themes. Regionalism, Gothic Fiction, and Naturalism are the three main topics, to date, discussed in our classroom. While one might argue that some are more intriguing than the others, Gothic Fiction is determined to be the most darkening and interesting topic. After the Civil War, the literature faded from…

Gothic V Romanesque Architecture

Medieval Art is characterized largely by the use of both Gothic and Romanesque architecture. As Christianity was highly significant to the middle ages, much of said architectural design is exemplified in the cathedrals of the time. Romanesque and Gothic architecture differ greatly from one another, as is displayed in a comparison of a Gothic chapel…

Rebecca and the Short Story the Tell-Tale Heart Convey Gothic Themes

The Gothic genre is a style of film and literature that expresses themes of madness, death, darkness, romance and obsession. Although Rebecca and The Tell- Tale Heart are fitted to the Gothic genre, the composers have conveyed similar themes in different ways. Obsession in Rebecca is that of Mrs Danvers, who is obsessed to the…

The Cast Away: the Analysis of Imagery in American Gothic Literature

Horror and romance are often the two compelling genres which receive the greatest response from entertainment lovers. Fans of both genres enjoy the overwhelming emotions experienced. The feelings of fear, excitement, oppression, humiliation, darkness, gloominess, and suspense fuel the psychological side of individuals. These feelings are not just found in movies and music but are…

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