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Write a critical commentary on the following passage from "The Castle of Otranto" (1758) by Horace Walpole. How far, in your view, does it exemplify the strengths and/or weakness of Gothic writing?

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ehWrite a critical commentary on the following passage from "The Castle of Otranto" (1758) by Horace Walpole. How far, in your view, does it exemplify the strengths and/or weakness of Gothic writing? Walpole's "The Castle of Otrando" is a very good prime example of the Gothic genre. It uses many elements that can also be found in other gothic literature, like Shelly's "Frankenstein" or Lewis's "The Monk". Using "The Castle of Otrando" as an example, I will work what I think are the strengths and the weaknesses of the gothic writing style. There are many strength to gothic writing, from the social and historical references gave to the classic elements of horror in text. Unfortunately this extract from "The Castle of Otrando" tells us little about but social activities of the time, but it does give us a good example of how gothic writing creates a atmosphere and feel of horror. ...read more.

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"Oh! Matilda - I connot utter it - canst thou forgive the blindness of my rage?" This tells us how the gothic writers viewed the make role. While they may appear stronger on the outside, they are often undone by their own actions, which they deeply regret later (e.g. Frankenstein, his actions created the monster, which he regrets after). The characters in "The Castle of Otranto" are torn, between what they should do and what want to do. This is classic of gothic literature, at is what makes it most interesting. In my eyes there are very few weaknesses. These can be down to people not considering the writing in the context of the time. One of these weaknesses could be that the setting, and even the characters to some extent, could be consider a bit stereotypical. ...read more.

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"Theodore! I found him praying at this tomb," This presents the character as morbid and macabre, and with other famous gothic icons sharing such elements; they create a stereotypical character associated with all gothic literature. It also brings us on to the idea religious context, which really played an important part in gothic literature. With the introduction of religion, an idea of good and evil is presented. This concept could be connected to the way most of the characters in gothic literature are there own downfall. Because a character is not good or evil, there not controlled by God, making them hard to connect with or understand, so there actions can only lead to one thing, downfall. This can be applied to different examples gothic, especially Frankenstein. He, despite good intensions, did an evil thing and played God, this one act would lead to his undoing. Leigh Turner ...read more.

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