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Traditionally Gothic stories are set in castles, churches, darkness or other locations with a sense of evil. Gothic stories are mainly set at night to add an extra illusion of fear. Should a Gothic story be read

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Gothic is a word used in the twelfth century to denote certain types of architecture connected to the settings used by writers. Gothic fiction initiated as a genre in 1765 with Horace Walpole's novel "Castle of Otranto." The majority of Gothic writers would take drugs which inspired them to put pen to paper and write about numerous Gothic features and produce their story. Normally characters are associated with odd or ritualistic behaviour often involving the supernatural. The Gothic Golden Age occurred between 1765 and 1844. Boundaries and limits are both established and challenged by both writers and characters. Tensions between the scientific and the supernatural are often made apparent. Examples of these Gothic features can be found in The Signalman, The Hand and The Dream Woman. ...read more.

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"The Signalman" written by Charles Dickens is a perfect example of a gothic setting. The story has many examples of unusual events. Dickens writes "so steeped in the glow of an angry sunset." This quotation informs the reader that the sunset has a violent glow which is unusual for a sunset, the skyline is a deep blood red. "The Signalman" is set at the Signalman's hut where the cutting through the tunnel by the hut is unusually deep and gives a sense of foreboding to the reader. The tunnel is made through clammy stone, which became oozier and wetter as you walked to the tunnel and made anybody petrified to enter it. "The Hand" written by Guy De Maupassant uses great examples of death, a main gothic feature. ...read more.

Conclusion

A main aspect of gothic tradition is elements of the supernatural. In "The Hand" the writer states "I thought I saw the hand running like a spider." This is an example of elements of the supernatural because a hand running like a spider is beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature and not something any human would have seen. In conclusion gothic tradition is a fascinating subject because the use of dark descriptive language is effective in giving the reader a terrifying experience. Short stories are effective because the action is condensed and it all happens in a short space of time. There is less background information; all the descriptive paragraphs are there to give atmosphere, the spooky dark events. Short sentences have greater impact than longer ones, particularly when exclamation marks complete them. ...read more.

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