Gothic Literature : A Dark Atmosphere

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Carleen Martinez
Mrs. Schroder
English IV Honors
8 December 2016
Gothic Literature
Gothic literature has been popular since the 19th century and has given readers the opportunity to look at romantic movement that focuses on a darker horror like imagination. Some of these involve a combination of extreme landscapes, icy wastes, and extreme weather, horrifying events or the threat of such happenings, as well as supernatural manifestations, and presenting evil. Gothic literature gives us a way of looking more depth into a hero whose identity is identified at the end of a novel (Mullan). Some novels that have given us a chance to look more in depth with gothic literature just like Frankenstein. These novels include Horace Walpole’s Otranto
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Supernatural events take a big role in Gothic literature especially when it comes to Frankenstein and his fear and guilt. Just like in Horace Walpole’s Otranto the story has a significant connection with Frankenstein by having an object come to life. In chapter 4 page 55, “ I collected bones from charnel houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame” (Shelley). Victor’s creation made out of dead parts that was brought to life is a supernatural occurrence. Also, Frankenstein has a disturbing dream of Elizabeth morphing into a dead corpse as she ages rapidly. The use of dreams adds a supernatural element to the story and also allows Shelley to explore different worlds. Victor is fearful and tormented and believes that whatever he touches will be a cause of death or destruction. Supernatural can often involve mysterious elements and usually take its protagonist into strange or scary buildings. Walpole had made his own house at Strawberry Hill and transforms it into a Mock Gothic building.
In chapter 5 on page 58 the text states, “It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs” (Shelley). When reading this part of the book the author wants you to get a feel for the dimming light
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