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What are we afraid of? . Fear in Gothic Fiction. Personal fear- Why are we scared of these things? Dolls The Dark Witches Mental illness/ insane people Death Deformities Twins or doubles Are there other personal fears that people commonly have? . Collective fear- Uncertainty

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What are we afraid of

What are we afraid of?

Fear in Gothic Fiction


Fear in gothic fiction

  • Personal fear-

  • Why are we scared of these things?

  • Dolls

  • The Dark

  • Witches

  • Mental illness/ insane people

  • Death

  • Deformities

  • Twins or doubles

  • Are there other personal fears that people commonly have?


Fear in gothic fiction

  • Collective fear- Uncertainty

  • The Gothic fiction of the 18th Century is said to have been inspired by changes in science, philosophy and culture. The uncertainty that comes with change triggered many fears within people.

  • Advances in science contradict medieval superstitions

  • How far will science go? Is Man playing God?

  • Thinking about individual needs rather than social position

  • Industrialization causes people to shift to cities

  • Darwin creates the debate ‘How close are humans to animals?’

  • Evolution brings religion into question

  • Rationalizing everything/ finding logical explanations- many people disliked this or thought we were wrong to assume we could do this. Wanted people to feel extreme emotions again.

  • Many Gothic books are close to science fiction, but setting and concentrating on emotions rather than plot action separates the genres.


Fear in gothic fiction

Highlight and identify the types of fears that are played upon on the first page of “The Red Room.”


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Discuss upon on the first page of

  • What uncertainties do people in today’s society face?

  • What certainties could be challenged?

    • (Think about advances in technology, science, social sciences, values, religions etc.)