Gothic Three Texts

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  • Gothic Three Texts
    • Frankenstein
      • Females
        • Justine: "most grateful little Creature"/"learnt the duties of a servant"
          • Her monstrous mother- "repentant mother"/"accused her of having caused the deaths of her brother and sister"
            • Religion- "Roman Catholic"- only religious character within the text yet she is killed off. Shelley emphasises that science is what deviates mankind away from religion and God.
              • Trial- "The appearance of Justine was calm"- "calm"- links to the "Alps"- very feminine sphere- this also happens to be where the Creature resides. Therefore, there is a parallel between the Creature and Justine as both have monstrous mothers.
        • Elizabeth
          • "brightest living gold"-superlative
            • "pictured cherub"
              • "celestial"- goddess-like descriptions
                • "crown of distinction"-biblical references
        • Caroline
          • "greatest tenderness"= superlative
            • "knelt by [her father's] coffin, weeping"- she is physically bowing down to him.
              • "attended him"=  even in death he has the higher status.
                • Alphonso-"Like a protecting spirit"- like Caroline is the stereotypical damsel in distress.
      • Victor
        • "mortal agony crept over my frame"- personification of "agony"- the active verb of "crept" adds a sinister feel to the character. This further links to his obsession to complete his "pursuit"
        • "My tale was not one to announce publically
          • "vaults and charnel-houses"= goes against God by trying to create life. Andreas Vesalius also stole bodies from the grave to study anatomy in 16th century. Therefore, an intertexual reference can be made between Vesalius and Victor.
        • "Mortal combat"- as a reader we would think that Victor would be the rational one in contrast to the Creature. But he is irrational and violent. He "sprang" on the Creature even though he made him "superior".
        • "slow fever"- it can be argued that Victor dreamt about the entire Creation of the Creature.
        • "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter"/"Life to death, death to life"- Victor defies the nature world and God by wanting to know its secrets.
          • He gets into 'Natural Philosophy.
            • "Cornelius Agrippa"- he began to dabble in magic or the occult arts. By following such a transgressive theologian, the Victorian reader would be shocked.
              • His father calls it "sad trash"- personification of "trash". Sibliance- sound of the 's'.
        • Victor usurps the role of women.
      • Innocent characters
        • William
          • "tall of his age"
            • "little wives"/"pretty girl"
              • "you will be my first victim"/"hideous"
          • "sweet boy"
          • "little dimples
          • "rosy"- feminine colour
      • "Labour and Fatigue
      • critics
        • Untitled
    • Creature
      • "yellow skin"/"yellow eye"/"breathed hard"- goes against the societal norms.
        • "a dreary night of November"- "November"-viewed as a season of death. Ironic that the Creature is born in autumn/winter because in literature this season signifies death. Therefore, Shelley uses a cataphoric reference to reflect how the Creature is further persecuted within the novel.
      • "I expected this reception"
      • Ironically the Creature is the rational one: "Remember thou hast made me superior than thyself"/"sprang on him".
      • "I will be with you on your wedding-night"
      • "men appear to me monsters thirsting for each others blood"
      • "Am I to be thought the only criminal when all humankind sinned against me"
    • Setting
      • "rain pattered dismally"- "pattered"- soft verb- ironic- cataphoric reference/foreshadows how the Creature despite his appearance is quite innocent.
      • Alps
        • "sublime, "calm", "placid"
      • Arctic
        • "Frost and snow"
          • "Stiff gales"
            • "mysteries of the oceans"
              • "pathless seas"
                • "cold"
      • "completely dark"- typical female convention.
    • Macbeth
      • Macbeth
        • "dagger of the mind"/"false creation"/"o'full of scorpions if my mind"- unstable mentality
          • "milk of kindness"
            • "Will all of Neptune's ocean..."- parellel to what Lady Macbeth says later
              • "blood will have blood"
        • "What bloody man is this?"
          • "unseam'd him from the nave to th'chaps"
      • Setting
        • "Upon the heath"
        • "battlefield"- structurally Shakespeare starts and ends the play on a battlefield.
        • "torch-bearer"- structurally there is light to represent the darkness.
      • Lady Macbeth
        • "Had he not look'd like m father as he slept, I had done't"
        • "A little water shall clear us of the deed"
        • "unsex me here"
        • "take my mik for gall"
        • "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand"
        • "Stop up th'access and passage to remorse"
      • "never shake th gory locks at me"- "gory"-bloody- reflects his guilt.
        • "stars, hide your fires"
        • "your friends do lack you"
      • "twenty trenched gashes"
      • "His flight was madness"
    • The Bloody Chamber
      • The Werewolf: "take your father's hunting knife"/you know how to use it".
        • "devil"- *3
          • "graveyards"/"picnics at the grave".
            • "pool of blood"- wolf
              • Untitled
      • The Bloody Chamber: titular story
        • "a dozen husbands impaled a dozen brides"
        • "torture chamber"
          • "Iron Maiden"/"wheel"/"rack"
            • "catafalque"
        • Mother:
          • "Are you sure you love him"
          • "shot with a man-eating tiger"
          • "old dobbin"- farm animal- humorous
        • setting
          • "turret suite"
        • Puss in Boots
          • "the old bed never shook.... storm"
          • "tit"/"bum"
        • The Snow Child
          • Necrophilia/Sexual power
            • Untitled
          • Untitled
          • "Pick me one"/"Dive in and fetch it"- Countess ordering the girl.
            • Untitled

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