The Gothic Novel

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The Gothic Novel

The Gothic Novel

Horace Walpole

Strawberry Hill

The Gothic fashion was born in England in 1760 with the publication of the first novel The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.

At the end of the century intellectuals felt that Reason was not enough to explain the whole of man. There was also a dark side which belongs to man as well as the rational one.

The writers try to explore the irrational part of man moving the readers' sensibility and causing them a sense of horror and terror. In their novels the atmosphere is mysterious and fearful, to keep the readers guessing in suspense.

Ann Radcliffe wrote The Italian and The Mysteries of Udolpho, two of the major gothic novels.

Ann Radcliffe wrote The Italian and The Misteries of Udolpho, two of the major gothic novels.

Ann Radcliffe wrote The Italian and The Mysteries of Udolpho, two of the major gothic novels.

The most successful novel was Frankestein, by Mary Shelley, published in 1818.

The Setting: usually set at night, in ancient castles full of hidden staircases and secret passages.The Characters: the villain, a charming man, who wants to accomplish evil plans and an innocent girl, who must escape from violence and rape.The Plot: usually the girl finds under the protection of a man who turns to be the villain where she must run away from.


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