`` Twilight `` By Stephanie Meyer

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“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer has many codes and conventions from the genre that is gothic literature. Like “The Italian” by Ann Radcliffe there is a sense of anxiety from the monstrous power of unreality, and the characters of both Bella and Ellena do not know what is happening around them. A dark mystery is created throughout the novels, using sinister settings and threatening atmospheres. The idea of the sublime is shown through the descriptions of Ellena and Bella’s surroundings. This put together with the strange characters they encounter, the sensibility within those characters all work together to slowly build their fears and introduces the idea of the paternal protector, Edward and his family for Bella with Vilvaldi and Schedoni…show more content…
Just like “Twilight,” “The Italian’ also communicates the anxieties of women the late 18th to early 20th Century, where middle class women’s homes were becoming uncomfortably like a castle or a prison, with constraints on their education and social developments. This is shown in the way female characters always end up trapped within gothic text. When Ellena is kidnapped, even though she faints, it is described differently: ‘All consciousness had now forsaken her’ (Radcliffe, 61). Also when she is taken to the house of Spalatro, she faints, but the words in the narrative say that ‘horror chilled all her frame, and her senses forsook her’ (Radcliffe, 211). Ellena is always thrust back into the middle of peril whenever she seems to reach safety. Ellena is able to remain pure yet strong despite what happens to her; she keeps the Marchesa cleverly controlling, while fearful of her husband finding out her plans. This slightly takes away from the stereotypical damsel in distress, making her seem less weaker than usual. She does not tremble with and fear and does not cry at every misfortune very often but she is also, always, saved and protected creating the role in simultaneously restricting women and providing them power. The Sublime also contributes to the mystery: obscure sounds, unexplainable events and dark figures distress and create anxieties within the characters. The sublime describes the natural
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