Gothic Quotes - Frankenstein, Bloody Chamber, Faustus

These are the quotes I'm learning for Section B (Gothic Genre) of the AQA English Lit exam.

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        • ‘as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death'
        • 'I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms’
        • 'heaven sent', 'celestial stamp'
        • 'I shall be with you on your wedding night'
        • ‘Miss Lamb, spotless, sacrificial’-TCoML
        • ‘his Beauty, his girl-child, his pet’-TCoML
        • 'she is an unbroken egg, she is a sealed vessel’-TCoW
        • 'The Countess wants fresh meat.' -TLotHoL
        • ‘a crazy, magnificent horsewoman in widow’s weeds’ – TBC
        • ‘I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that took my breath away’ – TBC
        • ‘A neck like the stem of a young plant’ -TBC
        • ‘I see the glimmerings of sturdy backbone in this little lady’ –PIB
      • DR. FAUSTUS
        • thou art fairer than the evening air/ Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars’
        • ‘Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?’
        • ‘I was a shattered wreck – the shadow of a human being’
        • ‘The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream'
        • ‘cut off by the tide from land for half a day’ - TBC
        • ‘I squatted on the wet straw’ –TTB
        • ‘And she is herself a cave full of echoes, she is a system of repetitions, she is a closed circuit’ –TLotHoL
        • ‘she was an imperfect wolf’ –WA
      • DR. FAUTUS
        • ‘I do repent; and yet I do despair’
        • ‘His waxen wings did mount above his reach’ - Chorus
        • 'Despair doth drive distrust unto my thoughts'
    • POWER
        • ‘the cold stars shone in mockery, and the bare trees waved their branches above me’ - C
        • ‘fiendish rage’
        • ‘my natural lord and king’ –C
        • ‘My father lost me to The Beast at cards.’ – TTB
        • ‘Erl-King will do you grievous harm’-EK
        • ‘like one of those cobra-headed, funeral lilies’ – TBC
        • ‘his eyes, dark and motionless as those eyes the ancient Egyptians painted upon their sarcophagi’ – TBC
        • ‘They are as grey as famine, they are as unkind as plague’-TCoW
        • ‘the forest assassins’-TCoW
      • DR. FAUSTUS
        • ‘A sound magician is a mighty god’
        • ‘Tis magic, magic that hath ravish’d me’
        • ‘These metaphysics of magicians/ and necromantic books are heavenly’
        • ‘Divinity, adieu’
        • ‘I’ll burn my books!’
        • ‘Come, I think hell’s a fable.’
        • ‘Call for mercy, and avoid despair’ – Old Man
        • ‘Why this is hell, nor am I out of it’ – Mephistophilis
      • DR. FAUSTUS
        • ‘[The clock striketh twelve] [Thunder and lightning]’
        • 'I'll conjure though I die therefore'
        • 'gloomy shadow of earth'
        • ‘It is a northern country; they have cold weather, they have cold hearts’ –TW
        • ‘the Devil is as real as you or I’ –TW
        • ‘Midwinter – invincible, immaculate’ –TSC
        • ‘Introspective weather, a sickroom hush’ –EK
        • ‘rattle of rain on the roof’-EK
        • ‘this clockwork twin of mine’ –TTB
        • ‘the reeling odour of a glowing, velvet, monstrous flower’ –TLotHoL
        • ‘The forest closed upon her like a pair of jaws’-TCoW
        • ‘Eyes green as apples. Green as dead sea fruit’ – EK
        • ‘the soil was barren’
        • ‘a shrill and dreadful scream’
        • ‘I saw him descend the mountain with greater speed than the flight of an eagle’
        • ‘some obscure nook in the northern highlands of Scotland’


Sam Rixon

Great resource! Have sent to all my eng lit class, good luck with exam!


A useful resource to use once you know your exam texts well and are trying to identify and remember specific quotes; could easily be used as a starting point to add to with both themes and further quotes.

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