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The Development of the Gothic Genre of Literature over the Last 200 years

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The Development of the Gothic Genre of Literature over the Last 200 years Gothic Literature has developed in some ways a lot over the last two hundred years, but in other ways, not much of it has changed. The things that have mainly stayed the same over the years are the inclusion of monologues in gothic novels. Most gothic novels to date have in them at least a couple of monologues. Another element is mystery. Gothic novels have maybe a murder case or in 'Jekyll and Hyde' there is the idea of body switching, where Jekyll is Hyde and vice-versa. Things that have changed in one way or another over the last two hundred years are the sentence length. Edgar Allan Poe used short, snappy sentences that were just what the character was thinking. Sometimes he would even break a sentence with a chain of thoughts, then return to the sentence and finish it. ...read more.


The people during the enlightenment had a very basic perception on life, as people favoured writing about the tangible things in life. The enlightenment was a time in the eighteenth century and was just before the gothic era. So the more mysterious of things, the intangible was left out of literature and their lives. I think that the best perspective to have is to look at both tangible and intangible things in life. I find that if an author uses a decent balance of the two, good novels are made. This is because if without thinking about peoples opinions and emotions can make a story boring, but when stories are based around peoples thoughts and emotions, the story can get confusing. The Gothic style has its own kind of trademark, this is the monologue. Many gothic stories contain monologues, and many popular gothic novels end with them. ...read more.


A fairy-tale spectre or perhaps a bleeding nun were images often sought after who fell victim to the supernatural influences of these books. Although the gothic novel influenced many of the emerging genres, the outpouring of gothic novels started to ease by 1815 and with the publication of Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin, the genre began to fade. The gothic novel had come full circle, from rebellion to the Age of Reasons order, to its surrounding and incorporation of Reason derived from terror. The influence of the gothic novel is felt today in the portrayal of the alluring antagonist, whose evil characteristics appeal to ones sense of awe, or the melodramatic aspects of romance, or more specifically in the gothic novel is felt today in the portrayal of the alluring melodramatic aspects of romance, or more specifically in the gothic motif of a persecuted maiden forced apart from a true love. Tim Edwins 10T 02/05/07 - 1 - ...read more.

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