Features of Gothic Literature. What makes a good ghost story? This is an example of a very focused Gothic. Odyssey, 1972.
Only definition, features and criticism. Although all Gothic fiction is tragedy, its key component is the edifice [or building]. Nothing makes you feel more alive than getting a good scare by a horror story! A Glossary of Literary Gothic Terms.
Because of its superstitious elements, combining history with fiction, intellectuals of the Enlightenment were offended by Gothic literature's "fake" facts. Dark, Abandoned, Decaying Settings.
See our section of Quotes to get a taste for some lesser known works of gothic fiction you may also enjoy. Consider The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell , who conveys many gothic elements such as a sense that nature is gloomy and demonic, organ music coming out of nowhere, and the ghost of the dead master "wailed and triumphed just like a living creature.
Gothic structures, with their abundant carvings, crevices, and shadows, can conjure an aura of mystery and darkness and often served as appropriate settings in Gothic literature for the mood conjured up there. Joseph Andrews is a response to Pamela in the form of a parody of sorts.
Haunted Places Directory. Monsters, demons, witches, ghosts, banshees, vampires, and other supernatural creatures often play parts in Gothic fiction. Other examples of Wilderness Gothic: The outside world in Gothic literature is usually portrayed as being a dark, wild, and treacherous place full of wrathful weather, malevolent forests, and ghostly graveyards.
In the novel "Northanger Abbey," Jane Austen affectionately showcased the misconceptions and immaturities that could be produced by misreading Gothic literature. Unlike the other writers, Hawthorne sets his works in the Puritan times. It is about a female vampire who is a parasitic host, consuming her victims with her own dependency, helplessness, and fear.
Hawthorne contains most of the Gothic conventions named earlier but he seems to most use the Gothic as a commentary on the degrees of guilt and innocence possessed by all humans.