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AS and A Level: Robert Louis Stevenson
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Consider atmosphere and setting in the 19th century stories you have read, and discuss how the authors have created fear and atmosphere.
Gothic stories never included very many characters, this was a way of keeping the story not only short but also more frightening as it is always scarier when you are on your own or in groups of two or three rather than a large group. The Victorian era is famous for its fascination with death and the gruesome. The Victorians believed that people had a "good" death surrounded by their families, having made their peace with god and resigned themselves to their "fate" or a "bad" death, which was sudden.
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Explore Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the Body Snatchers as both gothic and mysterious texts.
one individual, this theory was not supported by the beliefs they had, unlike today where the possibility of a split personality is not unknown or unthinkable. This was until a social scientist, James Hogg introduced the concept of the individual psyche = externalisation verses internalisation, the second self. It is from this theory that 'doppleganger' originates from, In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Stevenson introduces this theory into 19th Century literature where Dr Jekyll is the good, which from Hogg's theory says is controlled by the right side of the brain and Mr Hyde is the evil character, which according
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To what extent can Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Jamaica Kincaid's Ovando be classified as Postcolonial Gothic texts?
He finds it impossible to feel comfortable in Jamaica and it is Antoinette's equivalent inability to understand England that forms a barrier between the couple. The gulf between their different backgrounds and upbringings is particularly evident through this conversation and it becomes increasingly clear that Rochester sees Antoinette as alien and inaccessible to him: 'I felt very little tenderness for her, she was a stranger to me, a stranger who did not think or feel as I did.' (78)
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