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'Gothic writing remains fascinated by objects and practices that are negative, irrational and immoral' - How far would you agree with this statement? Jane Eyre? WHY the focus, why the preoccupation?

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'Gothic writing remains fascinated by objects and practices that are negative, irrational and immoral.' How far would you agree with this statement? Jane Eyre? WHY the focus, why the preoccupation? Introduction It is typical of Gothic writing to be fascinated by objects and practices that are negative, irrational and immoral.(define key term in terms of gothic elements) Such objects and practices are usually shunned by the society, much of which are very controversial. However, the Gothic being didactic in nature uses these objects and practices to challenge and convey a certain moral agenda. In this essay, in the context of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Bram Stoker's Dracula, we are going to explore the different objects and practices in these novels that are negative, irrational and immoral and show how they can convey a moral agenda. There are several objects and practices in which portrays the immoral obesssions??? of Victorian society. Practices such as polygamy, voyeurism and rape, , incest and the......... Oedipus complex are such of immoral practices in which shows that the Gothic is fascinated in its writing. ...read more.

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Oh my love, I am so glad that you have come! Kiss me!" and in page 272, the quote, "My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together. Come my husband, come!" shows Lucy's active sexual passion. The three female vampires in page 53-54 also portray their sexual desires openly as it quoted, "He is young and strong; there are kisses for us all" and "There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both chilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually lick her lips like as animal." This shows that the Gothic subverts the institutional infrastructure of the Victorian society as a largely patriarchal society, which frowns upon the very idea of sexual openness, let alone from women. There is also incestuous relationship portrayed in Dracula through the scene where Mina was being forced to feed on Dracula's blood from his bosom, as it is shown in page 363, "with his left hand he held both Mrs Harker's hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension; his right hand grip her by the back of the neck, forcing her face down his bosom." ...read more.

Conclusion

and dog (108, 331). From this, we can see that the Gothic subverts the boundaries between man and beast is blurred (binary opposition). He enjoys an exaggerated gymnastic animal repertoire as he can "climb face-foremost down a castle wall, gripping the vertical surface with toes and fingers" (49). We can see that he is immune to the natural laws of mortality as he transgresses what a normal human being can do. Dracula itself is animalistic. Van Helsing describes him to be a "man-eater", a "tiger" (412) and then claims that he will "adopt him". This puts Van Helsing as a tyrannous keeper, while Dracula is the caged and helpless animal. Dracula is also described as a child-like distinctive. Van Helsing refers him as having a "child-brain" (439) To conclude, although the Gothic is fascinated with objects and practices that are negative, immoral and irrational, it challenges the patriarchal and moral norms of the Victorian society and scientific reasoning. It also warns the readers about the adverse effect of repression by various institutes prevalent in society and unleashes repressed desires and feelings to unveil human nature. As the Gothic satires the inaccuracies and inadequacies of societal methods of representation, it suggests the need for impetuous change and reforms. ...read more.

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