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Gothic Romanticism. Definition:Dark romanticism which focuses on perceived darkness in the human soul and the embrace of sin and evil in the society.. OriginBegan during social upheaval in EnglandIdealistic views of economic and political conditions contradicted realistic state of economy and politics.

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1. Gothic Romanticism

2. Gothic Romanticism Definition: Dark romanticism which focuses on perceived darkness in the human soul and the embrace of sin and evil in the society. Origin Began during social upheaval in England Idealistic views of economic and political conditions contradicted realistic state of economy and politics

3. Elements of Gothic Romanticism Ancestral Curse Anti-Catholicism Body snatching Cemetery Claustrophobia Devil Doppelganger Dreaming/Nightmares Entrapment/Imprisonment The Explained Supernatural Exorcism Grotesque

4. Elements of Gothic Romanticism The Haunted House or castle Incubus/sucubus Mist Mystery Necromancy The Pursued Protagonist Revenge Solopsism Somnambulism The Sublime Superstition Transformation/Metamorphosis Unreliable Narrator

5. Gothic Romantic Architecture Derived from the barbaric, German tribe….Goths Majestic, unrestrained architectural style Excess of savage, often grotesque ornamentation Vaulting arches with spires reaching to the heavens Wild carvings depicting humanity in conflict with supernatural forces

6. Romanticism turns Gothic Interest in the inner workings of the human mind (psyche) Belief that contemplation of the natural world is means of discovering the truth that lies behind mere reality Imagination is part of contemplation of natural world Reveals that failure happens when one plans everything and leaves nothing to chance Supernatural happenings/occurances and natural facts are symbols of spiritual facts which emphasizes the tragic dimensions of life Awe at human nature, human struggles, suffering, mortality, humanity’s relationship to God Emphasis on mystery Belief in reality of Evil Appeal/address innate(inborn) and derived(experience produced) fears

7. Romantic Motifs Haunted House/Castle Reflects hero’s psychological character Madness Reflects realities beyond rational comprehension Mad characters speak truths we wish to deny Blood Symbolizes paradox of human condition Represents life/death and guilt/innocence

8. American Gothic Developed from Puritan thought, yet has a mystical, melancholy twist Original Sin Innate Depravity Edgar Allan Poe Deals with the mystical realm and a derangement of the senses Nathaniel Hawthorne Deals with the psychological effects of sin Herman Melville Deals with the archetypal conflict between good and evil

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