Essay Gothic Literature : Horror, Death, And Romance

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Gothic literature is meant to combine plot points of horror, death, and romance in a thrilling story, or tale. The history of children 's gothic literature goes just as far back as storytelling goes, and is marked by both classic gothic and gothic children 's literature characteristics. Classic gothic literature involves : romance, good versus evil, heroes and damsels; whereas today children’s gothic involves high tech computers, texting, the blurring line of good and evil, school grounds. But there are still similarities between the two that make modern day scary stories a gothic spine shivering tale. These tales still have settings that are similar to the child, or so unknowingly different that it must be scary, they have creatures that happen to be grotesquely misshapened or perfectly blend in with the rest of us, and build suspense in slow methodical twists and turns or happen so quickly that we barely have time to catch our breaths. The draw to such intense stories may come from what Anna Jackson wrote in The gothic in childrens literature “the appeal of course rests in the safe distance the reader has from the text (...) everyone likes a good shiver because it shakes us free of security but keeps our security in tact. The appeal is the appeal of danger, beckoning us to be just a bit more daring, a bit more wild than our normal lives might allow.” With this kind of genre there is room for error and only the good make it out alive; ahem I mean only the good should be…

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