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Gothic Conventions in Otranto

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments 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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Vocabulary of the Gothic

Posted by on April 3, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments 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...

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Gothic Elements

Posted by on March 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments 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...

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