The Gothic Novel
David De Vore Anne Domenic Alexandra Kwan Nicole Reidy I. Introduction "Gothic" has come to mean quite a number of things by this day and age. It could mean a particular style of art, be it in the form of novels, paintings, or architecture; it could mean "medieval" or "uncouth." It could even refer to a certain type of music and its fans. A. The Goths, one of the many Germanic tribes, fought numerous battles with the Roman Empire for centuries. B. Centuries passed before the word "gothic" meant anything else again. II. The Gothic novel took shape mostly in England from 1790 to 1830 and falls within the category of Romantic literature. As Ann B. The setting is greatly influential in Gothic novels. The Gothic hero becomes a sort of archetype as we find that there is a pattern to their characterization. The plot itself mirrors the ruined world in its dealings with a protagonist's fall from grace as she succumbs to temptation from a villain. III. IV. A. B. Works Cited: Evans, Bertrand.
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