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Female Stereotypes In Gothic Literature

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Early gothic literature would use female stereotypes as literary techniques, usually placing women as a victim or placing them as the dangerous predator that should be avoided. Sometimes the Gothic text would not even include a woman. They were often used as a plot device to generate fear in the reader or audience. Often if the woman was not the victim, then the female ‘predator’ would be hunted and punished for her ‘crimes’. Carter uses gothic elements but seems to turn them upside down, placing women as the main protagonist in texts such as ‘Werewolf’ where the entire story is female dominant. She explores the use of women being victims and instead manifests a fearless, dominant girl. Where gothic texts would have the female predator in
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