Essay about Gothic Literature And Horror, Death, And At Times Romance

905 Words Oct 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Gothic fiction is a genre of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. The basic plot created many other staple Gothic generic traits, including a threatening mystery and an ancestral curse. The genre also influenced American writing to create the Southern Gothic genre, which combines some Gothic sensibilities (such as the grotesque) with the setting and style of the Southern United States.
Elements of Gothic fiction are sometimes a virginal maiden or usually start out with a mysterious past. Others are Older, foolish woman, hero, and night journeys are a common element seen throughout Gothic literature. They can occur in almost any setting, but in American literature are more commonly seen in the wilderness, forest or any other area that is empty of people. Evil characters are also seen in Gothic literature and especially American Gothic. Depending on the time period that the work is written about, the evil characters could be characters like Native Americans, trappers, gold miners etc. American Gothic novels also tend to deal with a “madness" in one or more of the characters and carry that theme throughout the novel. Miraculous survivals are elements within American Gothic literature in which a character or characters will somehow manage to survive some feat that should…

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