Presentation on theme: " Setting in a Castle An Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense An Ancient Prophecy Omens, Portents, and Visions Supernatural or otherwise Inexplicable."— Presentation transcript:
Setting in a Castle An Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense An Ancient Prophecy Omens, Portents, and Visions Supernatural or otherwise Inexplicable events High, even overwrought emotion
Women in distress Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male The Metonymy of Gloom and Horror Vocabulary of the Gothic Elements of Romance
Action takes place in or around an old castle, sometimes abandoned. It often has trap doors, secret passages, or anything else that leads to a sense of the unknown
Pervaded by a threatening feeling, a fear enhanced by the unknown: Mystery could include-unknown parents, disappearance, or some other
Usually obscure, and connected with its inhabitants (either former or present) Eventually manifested as a legend or folk tale (Ex: “It is said that the ghost of old man Smith stills wanders these halls…”)
Portent means-Indication of something that is about to happen, or soon going to come; a foreshadowing Often shown in dreams, or visions EX: If a statue of the main character falls and breaks, that is an omen of what is to come—his death.
Dramatic amazing events occurred, such as ghosts or giants walking, or inanimate objects coming to life.
Characters often overcome by extreme: Anger Sorrow Depression Surprise And Especially Terror Frequent Crying Breathlessness and Panic are common
Female Characters often face events that leave them: Fainting Terrified Screaming/Crying Characteristics are: Pensive Lonely Oppressed
Male character has the power as: King Lord of the Manor Father Guardian ▪ To demand she do something intolerable ▪ Marry someone she doesn’t love ▪ Commit a Crime ▪ Etc.
A type of metaphor for doom and gloom: Examples: ▪ Wind, especially howling ▪ Rain, especially blowing ▪ Footsteps approaching ▪ Lights in abandoned rooms ▪ Thunder and lightening ▪ Ruins of buildings
Powerful Love Uncertainty of Reciprocation Unreturned Love Tension Between true love and father’s control Lovers Parted Illicit love or lust threatens the virtuous one Rival lovers or multiple suitors
Heat stirring, often sudden, emotions create a life or death commitment
What is the beloved thinking? Is the lover’s love returned or not?
Someone loves in vain (at least temporarily). Later, the love may be returned
Disapproval, or choice. Most often, the father of the woman disapproves of the man she loves
Some obstacles arise and separate the lovers, geographically or in some other way
The young woman becomes the target of some evil man’s desires and schemes.
One of the lovers (or even both) can have more than one person vying for their affection