The Castle of Otranto: Blog
Please join in the conversation regarding the Gothic conventions in The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
|Posted by [email protected] on April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM||comments (1)|
Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto in 1764 and created the genre of Gothic fiction. This novel established a range of literary conventions that, over time, became the characteristics of modern romance. Some of Walpole's influential Gothic conventions are explored in this blog post.
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|Posted by [email protected] on April 3, 2015 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Walpole uses the vocabulary of the Gothic in order to produce an atmosphere of the Gothic. Most of this type of language is used throughout his novel.
Take a look at Chapter 1, when a servant ran breathlessly and frantically, as he foamed at the mouth: "He said nothing but pointed to the court. The company were struck with terror and amazement" (Walpole 1). This t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Gothic is facinating to me. Here are some of the Gothic elements that I found in my reading of The Castle of Otranto:
A Virginal Maiden: The character of Matilda is depicted as the virginal maiden in Otranto. She is a young, beautiful woman who is innocent and pure. Matilda is determined to give up Theodore, the love of her life, for the sake of h...Read Full Post »