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The Erl-King by Angela Carter
Notes on Features of the Gothic

The Erl-King as Gothic Protagonist
He is alluring and has the power of seduction in the way he draws the birds to him, and
the narrator, on his "magic lasso of inhuman music" and his "diatonic spool of…

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she had earlier claimed that she would be "dumb, from spite" when turned into a bird,
and so is unable to finish her own telling of the tale.
The description of the forest is incredibly detailed and very painterly, as the reader sees
the image come to life before…


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